In this week’s top stories: AirPods 2 with grip coating and black color option, 2019 iPhone rumors, 10 iPhone tips everyone should know, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest Apple stories.

Ecobee HomeKit Thermostat

This week brought an influx of AirPods 2 rumors. A pair of reports suggested that Apple will release updated AirPods with a new black color option, specialized grip coating, and more. It remains unclear when these AirPods might be released, however, with Onleaks also claiming this week that AirPods 2 won’t launch until fall.

Meanwhile, BuzzFeed News has reported that Apple will hold an event on March 25th at Steve Jobs Theater. This event is said to focus on the company’s upcoming subscription News service, as well as its video service.

While reports say Apple will unveil and preview its video service on March 25th, Variety says it’s possible the streaming platform won’t launch until the fall.

As for the Apple News subscription service, a report this week detailed Apple’s ongoing negotiations with publishers. Apple is reportedly seeking a 50-50 revenue split, and while it has already signed some publishers to that deal, it’s said to be facing push back from larger newspapers.

While Apple has yet to confirm dates for its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, all signs point to June 3rd through June 7th in San Jose, California. Apple will use WWDC 2019 to unveil iOS 13, macOS 10.15, and much more.

Lastly, news of a pair of Apple acquisitions emerged this week. Apple is said to have acquired digital marketing firm DataTiger, as well as voice assistant startup PullString.

These and the rest of this week’s top Apple stories below…

iOS | macOS | tvOS | watchOS |

iPhone |

AirPods |

Mac + iPad |

Top Apple stories, retail |

Tech Industry |

Apple Watch |

Apps |

Apple News + Video |

Top Apple stories, company |

Subscribe to 9to5Mac’s YouTube channel for more videos.

This week’s top videos |

Happy Hour Podcast #212 |

This week Benjamin and Zac connect the steady stream of new reports on Apple’s upcoming subscription news and video services, including solid rumors of Apple’s next spring event, plus a look at the flood of hardware rumors this week including AirPower, AirPods 2, and much more.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

Making The Grade |

Making The Grade is a weekly series from Bradley Chambers covering Apple in education. Bradley has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products work at scale, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for students.

9to5Mac Deal of the Month |

This month we’ve teamed up with Hyper for our first ever 9to5Mac Deal of the Month. For February only, you can get the HyperJuice AirPods Wireless Charging case for 60% off regular price.

Subscribe to get all 9to5Mac’s stories delivered to your inbox daily. And to 9to5Toys for the best deals from around the web.

Featured in top image: Dell 38-inch UltraSharp Curved Monitors, Grovemade’s Desk Shelf System, Nixie Tube Clock, Apogee Quartet, KRK VXT6 Studio Monitor speakers, Classicbot Classic Vintage Mac Toy. Read about the setup over on 9to5Toys as part of the ‘Behind the Screens’ series. 

About the Author