Apple planning upgraded AirPods for later this year

Apple AirPods to get hands-free 'Hey Siri' feature, water resistance: Report

This version of the wireless earphones will apparently arrive with an upgraded wireless chip, which will manage Bluetooth connections.

Hopefully Apple also has plans to add the one feature I really want: tap to answer phone calls.

According to the report, the function will work similar to how you summon the digital assistant on an iPhone or HomePod speaker - just by simply saying, "Hey Siri". What might be most intriguing about today's revelation is actually the wireless chip improvements.

We will likely hear more about Siri on AirPods at WWDC this year.

While there is no concrete release timeline for a new AirPods model, rumors suggest the update may be unveiled during the latter half of 2018.

AirPods accounted for 85% of wireless headphone sales in the USA after the launch. If you've held off on purchasing the little Apple earrings because of connectivity or water resistance concerns, it's time to get excited.

By comparison, the current iPhone 8 and iPhone X models can survive in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the Apple Watch is being sold as "swim-proof". They won't be waterproof, Bloomberg's sources point out, but capable of standing up to splashes or rain. The original Apple wireless headphones doesn't have an IP certification and it's still a bit of risk to expose it to water.

Additionally, Bloomberg also notes Apple is planning yet another version of AirPods for 2019.

According to the report, the updated AirPods - which are internally codenamed B288 - will respond to the "Hey Siri" command like other Apple devices.

As for that pair with Hey Siri functionality and a new wireless chip, it's possible that we'll see Apple launch them alongside this year's iPhone.

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