Upgraded Apple AirPods Due This Year

Apple AirPods to get hands-free 'Hey Siri' feature, water resistance: Report

AirPods cases now come with a Lightning connection though, so owners will have to buy a separate wireless charging case for the earbuds. The next-gen AirPods will feature a new wireless chip, better Siri interaction and a new case. All that users will need to do is say 'Hey Siri.' In just the same way that Siri is activated on a HomePod or iPhone. We're assuming that Apple will make this new chip even more power efficient to take on the extra battery demands of an always-listening Siri.

Apple's VP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller unveiling the AirPower at a company event in September 2017.

Another tidbit that Bloomberg received is that another version of the Airpods is also in the planning process. The second version is supposedly due to be released next year at the earliest will reportedly feature water resistance, though it's now unclear what other new features Apple may have planned for 2019's new AirPods. Now, though, it looks like Apple nerds will be able to get their hands on the special charging matt next month. However, this version of the AirPods won't be created to survive being submerged underwater. Software trickery to connect them all together and lets you check up on how each device is doing from the phone's screen. The Apple Watch's convex back was originally designed only to charge with non-Qi concave magnetic chargers, versus a flat Qi surface. This would likely protect the AirPod earbuds from sweat, rain, and water splashes, or if they are quickly retrieved after being dropped in water. However, some tests have proven that the original AirPods could survive being submerged in water.

The 2018 model may receive a "Hey, Siri" voice command, while the 2019 model may be water resistant. Apple's chips for wearables follow a "W" series, so it's likely the W2 chipset from the Apple Watch a year ago or an entirely new W3 will power the AirPods.

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