In fact, don't expect this year's upgrades to come anytime before September, which is when Apple upgrades the whole wearable portfolio, which was the second-largest contributor to Apple's revenue after iPhone and jumped nearly 70 percent last year, Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said earlier this month.
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'". It will work in a manner similar to how it does on the iPhone. This version of the AirPods is internally known as B288, and will include the new Apple-designed wireless chip for managing Bluetooth connections as well. It's expected to release a new version as soon as this year with an upgraded wireless chip.
Apart from the wireless chip, the report states that Apple's upcoming second-generation AirPods will also add support for the "Hey Siri" wake command.
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After these new AirPods launch, we could see Apple follow them up with yet another new pair that boast water resistance. Since then, the product has remained popular with reviewers and consumers alike and helped push increase sales in this sector by 36 percent year over year. While they aren't the cheapest wireless buds, the $159 AirPods are still affordable in the growing world of truly wireless audio wearables.
When Apple launched the iPhone 7, it created and solved its own unique problem in one swoop, removing the headphone jack and offering iPhone owners the Airpods in its place. Being able to use them without concern in the rain will certainly add another selling point to the already considerable list of benefits the AirPods offer. It shall not, however, be equipped to function when submerged in water.
The 2018 AirPods refresh is expected to bring the ability to activate Siri just by voice.