The Apple AirPods are ready for an update in 2019, if only because these truly wireless in-ear headphones are approaching their third year on the shelves without a single hardware revision. From where Apple is sitting, it is easy to see why he has waited so long to launch a new version. Now there are several truly wireless headphones in the market, even good ones, but new options like the Samsung Galaxy Buds are just starting to step on the biggest selling point of AirPods: simplicity. IPhones and iPads recognize AirPods when you open the case and they also work well on macOS computers, where we have seen many Bluetooth headphones fail.
AirPods design goes back a lot in 2016, and you can read our comments to see why we like them. But now, it's Apple's turn to make a move again. Based on the rumors we've seen, Apple's upcoming AirPods will focus on new features to win over the remaining holdouts that still use the wired Lightning EarPods that come with a new iPhone.
AirPods 2 can be launched in the first half of 2019
AirPods 2 will be launched within the first half of 2019, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a reliable track record of Apple products in development. For example, Kuo accurately predicted the display specifications and prices of the iPhone XR about a year before its presentation. Some rumors also indicate that Apple could be working on a more premium AirPods 2 model for its launch in 2019 that offers water resistance and noise cancellation.
Reportedly, Apple will organize an event on March 25, 2019, which is near the end of the first quarter, but do not get too excited: it is said to be service-centric, focused on the transmission plans of Apple TV or its subscription service to Apple News, not hardware. Apple has been known to have a card up its sleeve at events, so it is possible that AirPods 2 receive a surprise announcement.
May be more expensive
Current AirPods cost $ 159, but a report from Bloomberg states that next-generation AirPods may cost more. It also mentions that Apple can offer multiple models of AirPods at different price levels, similar to how it sells its other products. As for how Apple will distinguish the models, it is still murky. We expect better audio performance and construction quality in the line of second generation wireless headphones. Hands-free voice commands and the ability to charge wirelessly seem to be also standard, and rumors suggest that Apple could introduce a high-end model that costs even more, with noise cancellation, water resistance and control functions. Health.
They will look the same, mostly
Are AirPods fashionable? The verdict is mixed for several employees of Verge but the design of the Apple headphones has not changed much (without cutting the cable) since it was introduced with the original iPod, and AirPods 2 is likely to maintain a similar way. The rumors do not point to a revision, although a recent tidbit from MacRumors claims that an Apple hardware vendor is creating the next AirPods in a new black option, and that it can add a matte texture to the AirPods, which would help them stay in their ears.
It's no secret that Apple has plans for AirPods to be charged wirelessly. It showed that the AirPods were charging on the delayed AirPower charging cushion at one of their 2017 events, but the AirPods that can be charged wirelessly could have a slightly larger case to place a Qi charge coil, according to a rumor of 9to5Mac . But, otherwise, wireless charging should not change its appearance.
AirPods 2 can be compatible with Hey Siri's hands-free voice commands
Sometimes, taking out your phone is not the easiest or safest thing to do. and for owners of AirPods, being able to shout "Hey Siri" to make calls and perform other tasks would be a good feature.
In January, iOS 12.2 beta included a "Hey Siri" configuration interface for hands. Free commands on AirPods, which is a stronger indication than most that Apple plans to incorporate this feature into their headphones at some point.
They can support wireless charging, somehow
When Apple announced the AirPower wireless charging platform, it showed a set of AirPods charging, wirelessly. It is not clear if the product shown is the new AirPods 2 or a case for the original model that is compatible with wireless chargers. But because AirPower still does not show up, supposedly due to an overheating problem, this may also have caused a delay in any of those products.
The latest rumors of late 2018 indicate that AirPods 2 will have wireless charging support, but it is not clear if the headphones can be charged by placing them in a wireless charger or if you will need a compatible carrying case to do so.
In January, we heard that the AirPower cargo mat may have entered production and may be released soon. Given that analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that AirPods 2 will be launched before the end of the first half of 2019, Apple can take the opportunity to launch the AirPower mousepad and highlight the function. According to a recent rumor of 9To5Mac although the publication says that it comes from an unreliable source, the following AirPod can even fully charge through wireless charging in 15 minutes.
AirPods 2 can be water resistant
Adding water resistance to any product gives you peace of mind, should you drop them in a drink or in a puddle. It would be great if the next AirPods were water resistant, since having them out of their ears is a concern for some people, including my colleague Sean O & # 39; Kane, who reviewed the AirPods. Water resistance can also be useful if you drop them in a toilet, but it will not do much to forget that you, you know, dropped them into a toilet.
One of the first rumors pointed to the upcoming reception of AirPods Some form of resistance to water. Each subsequent rumor has made a mention of the water resistance that is included in the new hardware, which, by itself, will not exist, but suggests that it could be true. It is not clear if water resistance will be a standard feature or if it will be reserved for a more premium version.
AirPods 2 can have noise cancellation
Noise cancellation is the characteristic that blocks the environment around you: the crying baby, the rumble of the train, the person chewing loudly on the table. Whether you're trying to concentrate, rest a little, or simply concentrate on the music or the podcast you're listening to, it's a useful feature. According to a report from Bloomberg in mid-2018, Apple planned to present the AirPods 2 with a noise cancellation feature. The expected Bloomberg launch window for 2018 has come and gone, but, similar to the water resistance feature that is rumored, noise cancellation is mentioned in most of the rumors about upcoming AirPod's Manzana.
In the same report, Bloomberg mentions that Apple could segment the product at multiple prices and that noise cancellation is generally considered a premium feature and is not commonly found in truly wireless headsets. competition, you may be able to reserve for a high-end model.
The next AirPods can have health monitoring sensors
Apple introduced some health monitoring features in its Apple Watch Series 4, a smart watch that obtained FDA clearance to notify you if it detects an irregular heartbeat through a electrocardiogram (EKG). Apple could save its more ambitious health tracking ambitions for its wrist for the time being, but a January 2019 report from Bloomberg stated that Apple was exploring a health monitoring function for AirPod's the next generation too, and DigiTimes recently reported that this feature will appear in the first half of 2019.
Rumors do not reveal what we can see in the final product, whether it is a sensor to track their steps , or to control your heart rate, for example, but more tracking means more sensors, and more sensors may require more of the most precious real estate that exists within the design of the tiny AirPods. Apart from the rumors that Apple could make some minor adjustments to the appearance of its next AirPods, it will work against some difficult design restrictions to adapt to even more features. We will see what happens when they are published, but a rumor like this makes the wait even more exciting.