The Chinese-language Economic Daily News is reporting that Inventec — a Taiwan-based manner of mobile devices, notebook computers, and servers — is producing a new version of the AirPods that will come with a charging case and be available in black, as well as white.
The article says the charging case will work with Apple’s AirPower wireless charger, which will debut in the spring. The long-promised AirPower will be able to charge a Qi-compatible iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a pair of AirPods (in a special wireless charging case) at the same time regardless of where they're placed on the pad. AirPower hasn't been priced yet, but guesses have it costing anywhere from $150 - $200.
Chances the rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 80%. I do think we’ll see the AirPower and AirPods with a wireless charging case arrive next month. Less certain if the “new” AirPods will be the anticipated next gen (with “Hey, Siri” support, better water resistance, and more health features).