Apple's AirPods 2 to sport better battery life, water-resistance, and noise-cancelling tech


Apple's first crack at cable-less Bluetooth headphones is due for a successor in the not-so-near future, and, so far, we've been hearing that updated AirPods will be coming at the end of this year with a Siri agent that will always be listening, and the W2 Bluetooth connectivity chip that made a cameo in the latest Apple Watch Series 3. The W2 chip makes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 50% more power efficient than the previous W1 chip design that is in the current AirPods, so the upgrade in terms of battery life may be quite significant.

There was some doubt that these will be the only improvements, though, especially given what Apple already did with the sound clarity of its first HomePod smart speaker, making it one of the best there is when it comes to actual audio quality, which the company has always paid utmost attention to. Barclays' analysts are reporting today in a memo to clients that the AirPods 2 are not coming before early 2019, and will feature some sort of elaborate noise-cancellation system.

We say elaborate because, well, tiny earbuds can only do so much in terms of isolating the surrounding noise compared to, say, well made over-the-head cans. Indeed, the investment bank's analysts don't exclude the possibility that we will see updated AirPods this fall, with an always-on Siri and W2 co-processor inside, discounting the price of the current model, while the one with the water-resistant and noise-cancelling features - you know, the true AirPods 2 - won't arrive before the "early 2019" timeframe, just like Bloomberg's report previously suggested. In a nutshell - tougher AirPods with longer battery life and voice-activated Siri are in the works.

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10 Comments

2. BullDozer

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

Still ugly. Looks like worms in the ears.

3. surethom

Posts: 1719; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Yes all I want is for them to fit my ears without falling out, hopefully rubber coating & slight design change & I will get a pair to connect to my android phone.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Improve the aesthetic design and make in ear versions and I would consider these.

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

If it will sound good, I will be interested. If it will be the same garbage as the first gen., they can keep it.

7. oakparkplastics

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

To hold me over until these guys come out, I got a knockoff pair from Wish. The knock offs are bigger in size than the real deal, but they fit and don't fall out, which is critical. They also provide great sound and audio for calls (I'm not an audiophile). For the price, awesome value. If I'm motivated to do so, I will look into version 2 come winter, 2018.

8. oakparkplastics

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

To hold me over until these guys come out, I got a knockoff pair from Wish. The knock offs are bigger in size than the real deal, but they fit and don't fall out, which is critical. They also provide great sound and audio for calls (I'm not an audiophile). For the price, awesome value. If I'm motivated to do so, I will look into version 2 come winter, 2018.

9. Akraw

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

the earphones that comes with the iphone x is very bad so first improve the audio quality, aesthetics and ergonomics are secondary things

11. gamehead unregistered

Glad i refund these during christmas

12. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And they will still be uglier then f**k

15. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Not going to say better battery life wouldn’t be appreciated, but it’s already good enough if it would stay the same anyway. What they need to focus on is audio insulation and putting in a higher audio DAC for superior sound quality. Those are the real pressing issues for an otherwise perfectly balanced product

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