The 2018 AirPods may let users access Siri via the ‘Hey Siri’ voice command, while subsequent models may come with improved water resistance.
Apple might be working on a new version of its AirPods headphones. Sources told Bloomberg that the new 2018 Airpods may come with a new chip that lets users access Siri via the ‘Hey Siri’ voice command, without the need to tap the headphones. The current AirPods requires users to double-tap the side of the device to bring up Siri. The sources added that the subsequent model might come with improved water resistance. The headphones would be able to survive splashes of water or the rain, but most likely won’t be designed to be submerged under water.
In December last year, noted KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, said that Apple may launch its next generation AirPods by mid-2018. He also noted that the company was planning to ramp up production of the current generation AirPods by up to 26-28 million units this year.
To recall, the AirPods were launched alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus back in 2016. The AirPods sport a custom-designed Apple W1 chip, which the company says will help improve connectivity and offer better sound. The company also added that the chip helps manage the built-in battery well enough for it to offer 5 hours of use on a single charge. The case that the AirPods helps store additional charges, and the company claims that with the case, users could enjoy up to 24 hours of listening time in total. To check the battery level on the AirPods, users can hold them next to their iPhone or ask Siri.