Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Apple AirPods refresh could borrow key HomePod feature

Apple AirPods refresh could borrow key HomePod feature

Apple's AirPods were first released more than a year ago, and they're so popular that supply still can't keep up with demand.

The report further noted that "The model coming as early as this year will let people summon Apple's Siri digital assistant without physically tapping the headphones by saying 'Hey Siri'". According to his sources, the next generation model will be upgraded with hands-free Siri support.

It's also said that the new AirPods, which are internally referred to as B288, will feature a new chip to replace the W1 SoC incorporated into the current product.

The report also mentioned that we could see a subsequent model next year that will bring water resistance to the wearable. According to a Bloomberg report on Thursday, people familiar with the company's plans have revealed crucial details about the upcoming AirPods in 2018 as well as 2019.

The Air Power was announced in September. It will reportedly be sold by Apple and third-party resellers
The Air Power was announced in September. It will reportedly be sold by Apple and third-party resellers

Apple's AirPods have been one of Apple's greatest inventions. Some market researchers even deemed Apple's "magical" wireless headphones game-changing not long after their December 2016 launch, which made the absence of a 2017 sequel surprising for many. The new version of Apple's AirPods will supposedly allow users to simply speak the phrase "Hey Siri" at any time to wake Siri.

Obviously a water-resistant upgrade would likely be met with enthusiasm.

By comparison, the current iPhone 8 and iPhone X models can survive in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. It is unlikely they will be able to be completely submerged in water, but they'll be able to survive splashes of water, rain and sweat.

Then again, "OG" AirPods are not a lot easier to come by these days than a year or so ago, taking roughly two weeks to ship from Apple's USA e-store at the time of writing.

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