AirPods 2 tipped to launch in the first half of 2019
Apple is going to launch the second generation of AirPods in the first half of 2019 with new health tracking features onboard. This claims a new report citing inside industry sources. Apple's first-gen wireless earbuds launched more than two years ago, and rumors of an updated model have been floating around for months, but it's finally going to materialize in the coming months.
Apple's first attempt at wireless earbuds has been a huge success for the company, but over the past two years, its R&D teams have been hard at work to figure out how to bring new health tracking features to the next-gen AirPods. Apple's ambitions in health monitoring services are a secret to no one at this point. After releasing the Apple Watch Series 4 last year, with its innovative ECG (electrocardiogram) reading capabilities, the company is now on track launch new features aimed at helping people manage their health better.
How these new features will materialize in the second-gen AirPods, remains a mystery at this point. Digitimes' report cities inside industry sources, but provides no details on a possible implementation. Furthermore, considering the small size and limited internal space of wireless earbuds, it's hard to imagine what advanced health monitoring features could make their way into the next generation of wireless Apple earbuds.
Still, rumors last year suggested that Apple is going to focus heavily on health services in 2019, so AirPods 2 could be part of the broader picture.