Splash-resistant Apple AirPods 2 tipped to arrive later in 2018 with always-on Siri functionality

Splash-resistant Apple AirPods 2 tipped to arrive later in 2018 with always-on Siri functionality
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.

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. 

source: Bloomberg

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15 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1631; 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.

10. DronGupta

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

They fit perfectly. There is no need for some stupid cover. They make headphones uncomfortable. I love airpods.

2. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

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.

3. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1312; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

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.

14. Leo_MC

Posts: 6894; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Also, Apple's products work together like no other company's.

4. Jrod99

Posts: 707; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Good to hear but my current gen gets the job done. Great piece of tech indeed.

9. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Count me in too. I don’t leave the house without them anymore. Let’s see what the new ones bring.

11. DronGupta

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

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.

12. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Good sound and fit, that would do ... thank you.

5. apple-rulz

Posts: 1926; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I love my AirPods and I’m looking forward to the second version.

6. JMartin22

Posts: 2354; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I second this. I hope they introduce better noise isolation and maybe a higher quality audio DAC

7. gamehead unregistered

That was fast

13. sirohunter

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

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?

16. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

I'd wait and see if Airpods 2 are announced in the next few months. Doesn't sound like a major upgrade but the added features sound really good.

15. T12RYK

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.

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