Apple To Debut New AirPods This Year And In 2019

Apple To Debut New AirPods This Year And In 2019

"The California-based technology giant is working on a new version for release as soon as this year with an upgraded wireless chip", according to Bloomberg sources, adding that a subsequent model for as early as next year is planned to be water resistant.

The new AirPods coming this year will include improved Siri integration, reports Bloomberg.

Like with Amazon's Echo devices or the iPhone, a user would be able to trigger the virtual assistant simply by saying the wake word aloud - "Hey Siri", in this case.


This new edition of the popular AirPods will also reportedly come with a new wireless chip. The upcoming upgrades to its premium headphones will possibly lure in more iPhone users in the future, too. But the likeliest release scenario at the moment has hands-free Siri support potentially added to AirPods this year, with protection against splashes of water and rain likely to be offered on a prospective third-gen model in 2019. The current AirPods model uses Apple's W1 wireless chip, delivering five hours of battery life on a charge, and is compatible with Bluetooth 4. Apple's plans could change or be delayed, the people said. Similar products followed from Google, Sony Corp., Samsung Electronics Co., Motorola, and Bose.

The success of the AirPods can also be seen from the fact that for the first time Apple's other product category, which includes products such as Apple TV, Watch, AirPods, Beats headphones, and more, generated revenue of $5 billion (36% growth year-over-year) in company's fiscal first-quarter.

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