Apple to Offer Upgraded Version of Wireless AirPods in '18

Krales  The Verge
Krales The Verge
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24 February, 2018

This year, Apple is working on a new generation of Airpods with an updated wireless chip - one which includes voice recognition.

Apple declined to comment on the report.

Sources told Bloomberg that Apple is looking at upgrading its AirPods with new hardware features.

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 United States e-store at the time of writing.

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As for the price, Apple is well-known to add an "Apple tax" to its products, making them more expensive than the majority of the competition, but will this also be the case with AirPower? It pays for Apple to continue updating AirPods, however incrementally, because planned upgrades in Bluetooth connectivity and design should only improve the user experience.

Apple current lineup of iPhones are all IP67 water and dust resistant, which means that they are completely resistant to splashes of water.

The report also revealed that Apple is calling the unannounced headphones as B288 internally. With the next version, they'll be able to use their voice to activate the program by saying "Hey Siri". One must note that Apple was slated to just sell the updated AirPods case alongside the wireless charging through the retail stores and not the third-party sellers. Software trickery to connect them all together and lets you check up on how each device is doing from the phone's screen.

MacOtakara suggests that extra engineering was needed to enable Apple Watch Series 3 charging using the Qi-based AirPower. The original Apple wireless headphones doesn't have an IP certification and it's still a bit of risk to expose it to water. The first generation of AirPods comes with a wireless chip named W1, the upcoming model will reportedly feature a new W2 chip. The idea was later used by many big names like Google and Samsung.


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