New And Improved AirPods Could Be On Their Way

Posted February 23, 2018

The updated version, which will be released this year, is speculated to include a new wireless chip that will allow you to summon Siri by simply calling out instead of physically tapping the headphones. This version of the wireless earphones will apparently arrive with an upgraded wireless chip, which will manage Bluetooth connections.

This would mean users would be able to interact with Siri hands-free, an improvement over the current AirPods hardware which requires an awkward double-tap gesture. The new AirPods, could use that same chip or move on to something like a W3 (if naming conventions hold).

Apple's Other Products segment, which includes AirPods, Beats headphones, the Watch, Apple TV, and accessories, generated more than $5 billion in revenue for the first time in the company's fiscal first quarter, representing 36 percent year-over-year growth.

Apple is known for making innovative new advances in the world of technology, and they revolutionized the way people used headphones back in 2016 when they launched the AirPods Headphones alongside iPhone 7.

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

After a year of inactivity, it appears that Apple is going to spend the next two years improving the AirPods, adding major features such as voice-activated controls and water resistance.

The 2018 model may receive a "Hey, Siri" voice command, while the 2019 model may be water resistant. It shall not, however, be equipped to function when submerged in water.

The latest iPhones can survive splashes, while the Apple Watch is considered "swim-proof". Sources say that Apple's plans could still change or be delayed for the water resistant AirPods.