Apple's $159 (£159) wireless headphones are set to get an upgrade by the end of 2018. The second-generation AirPods will feature a new chip from Apple to improve the use of Siri and speed up the connection from phone to headphones. Rumours are circling that Apple is also working on a third-generation version for release in 2019 that will be waterproof. Apple's popular wireless headphones are set to get an upgrade by the end of 2018. The firm is believe to be working on installing a W2 chip in the headphones, which would improve connection reliability.
The iPhone maker is expected to release a new version of its wireless AirPods, a revamped HomePod and possibly a pair of high-quality, over-the-ear headphones, Bloomberg reported, citing sources close to the situation. Each of the items could hit the shelves by 2019. For the AirPods, Apple could release two models next year: One would be a refreshed version of its current $159 (£159) model, while the other would be a slightly pricier iteration. The pricier model is expected to feature noise-cancelling technology, as well as water resistance. However, the water-resistance feature wouldn't allow users to swim while wearing AirPods; rather, it would more likely equip them to better handle rainwater and perspiration, Bloomberg said.
Bloomberg says that model will also give you a way to summon Siri without having to tap the headphones. You'll simply have to say "Hey, Siri" the same way you do whenever you activate the voice assistant on an iPhone or a HomePod hands-free. Unfortunately, the model meant to be water-resistant won't be ready until next year, at least -- and it doesn't sound like you'll be able to take it swimming. At most, it won't be affected by rain or splashes of water, but it might not survive being completely submerged in liquid.