Two New AirPods Updates planned for 2018

Apple’s Air Pods are finally getting new features

According to a new report out of Bloomberg, Apple will release a new pair of AirPods wireless headphones this year with "Hey Siri" functionality.

First released in late 2016, the popular AirPods will soon follow an upgrade pattern similar to the iPhone, iPad, or Watch, so expect to see a new version every 12 months or so. These headphones are also said to feature a new Apple-designed wireless chip for managing Bluetooth connections. This will enable users to access Siri without having to physically tap the headphones by just saying "Hey Siri". Part of that is due to new iPhone owners wanting wireless earbuds, but it's also due to AirPods' ease of use and relatively affordable price. While they aren't the cheapest wireless buds, the $159 AirPods are still affordable in the growing world of truly wireless audio wearables.

It seems like Apple will be aggressively advancing the AirPods line.

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According to the report, the updated AirPods - which are internally codenamed B288 - will respond to the "Hey Siri" command like other Apple devices. With the AirPods 2, Apple has a chance to improve upon the current design by giving us both more ways in which we can use the earbuds as well as more "slots" in order to store specific functions. It is unlikely that they will be created to survive a dip in the pool.

The 2018 model may receive a "Hey, Siri" voice command, while the 2019 model may be water resistant. Meanwhile, the Apple Watch is being sold as "swim-proof". This should allow them to be used in the rain or during heavy workouts. Perhaps the 2019 water resistant AirPods will change that. The first AirPods include a chip known as the W1, and Apple released the W2 with the Apple Watch previous year.

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