March 20, 2019 / 1:09 PM / 2 months ago

Apple launches new AirPods ahead of March 25 event

FILE PHOTO: Apple AirPods are displayed during a media event in San Francisco, California, U.S. September 7, 2016. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach/File Photo

(Reuters) - Apple Inc on Wednesday launched an updated version of its wireless AirPods headphones, ahead of a March 25 event where it is expected to unveil a television and video service.

The updated Airpods are powered by Apple’s new chip, will have better battery life and include the option of a new wireless charging case, the iPhone maker said in a statement.

Earlier this week, Apple launched a new 10.5-inch iPad Air and updated its iPad Mini as well as iMac PCs.

Apple said its new AirPods will be available on its website and the Apple Store app starting Wednesday, and in Apple Stores from next week.

The new AirPods with a standard charging case are priced at $159, while those with wireless charging case are available for $199, the iPhone maker said in a statement.

Reporting by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli and Anil D'Silva

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