Splash-resistant Apple AirPods 2 tipped to arrive later in 2018 with always-on Siri functionality
by Peter Kostadinov / Feb 22, 2018, 9:32 AM
Word on the street is Apple is preparing a rather substantial second generation of its famed wireless AirPod earbuds. According to industry sources that refuse to be named (as usual), the second-gen AirPods that go by the model number B288 internally will be splash-resistant similarly to many of its more notable rivals on the wireless earbuds market.
Fully water-proof should probably not be expected yet, but resistance to splashes and sweat is probably just up Apple's alley. The current iteration of the AirPods is unofficially quite capable of surviving short rendezvous with water, but official implementation would be inherently better.
Water-resistance and always-on Siri to debut?More importantly however, rumor has it Apple's earbuds will score an always-on Siri functionality, which will allow users to more easily interact with the assistant. Saying "Hey, Siri" will reportedly fire it up, similarly to the HomePod. The AirPods already support Siri, but in order to use it, folks need to double tap the buds themselves.
Thus, the alleged always-listening feature could be a massive boon to devoted Siri users as physically interacting with the earbuds has proven to have a spotty track record. This functionality will be courtesy of a brand new chipset that will be used inside and succeed the W1 chipset that's currently in use.
So far, so good, but when should we expect these new earbuds? The reports are conflicting, with some sources claiming sometime in 2019, while prolific iPhone forecaster Ming-Chi Kuo calling for a late 2018 announcement and release, probably implying that we should see the second-gen AirPods unveiled at Apple's traditional big September event. With Apple projected to earn more from AirPods than Apple Watch accessories, we probably won't have to wait long.
Let's only hope that Apple comes to its senses and releases multiple color options for the AirPods to match with the existing range of iPhone colors.
Posts: 1587; Member since: Mar 04, 2009
All I want it to be able to put a cover on the tip so they stay in my ears & still fit in the charger case & charge. But I guess apple will go for style over usability.
posted on Feb 22, 2018, 10:02 AM 2
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Cant wait until they make air pods that only work with apple music. Wont be surprised that Apple's goal is to make all of its hardware work only with its apps and nothing more. Poor homepod needs company in its useless existence.
posted on Feb 22, 2018, 10:25 AM 2
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That precisely is Apple's goal but as a company you can't fault them for that. Buying one Apple product almost always leads you to buy more because by design they are built to not play too nicely with competing products.
posted on Feb 22, 2018, 11:02 AM 0
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Good to hear but my current gen gets the job done. Great piece of tech indeed.
posted on Feb 22, 2018, 11:39 AM 6
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Airpods are one of the most advanced piece of tech available in market. The are super light weight, comfortable, superfast charging, amazing sound and truly wireless. What more a person wants. Listening to airpods while writing this.
posted on Feb 22, 2018, 2:48 PM 2
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I love my AirPods and I’m looking forward to the second version.
posted on Feb 22, 2018, 11:42 AM 3
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I was just thinking of getting AirPods this weekend. Should I wait for the second gen? The read doesn’t have any major improvements so I think I’ll not be regretting my purchase, any thoughts?
posted on Feb 22, 2018, 9:17 PM 0
Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011
My only complaint in that the case on my Airpods gather dirt very quickly on the inside. Not sure how this happens as the case is usually only open for a few seconds whilst taking my Airpods out or putting them in. Other than that they are becoming more and more popular which means I don't get weird looks as much anymore.
posted on Feb 23, 2018, 2:36 AM 0
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