Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Apple reportedly releasing new AirPods 'as soon as this year'

Apple reportedly releasing new AirPods 'as soon as this year'

It's noted in the report that they likely won't be created to be submerged in water, but will be able to withstand splashes as well as rain. The current generation AirPods are also capable of lasting five hours per charge. It's one reason for you to wait. We're assuming that Apple will make this new chip even more power efficient to take on the extra battery demands of an always-listening Siri. Apple's plans could change or be delayed, the people said.

The AirPods 2 have two things working against them by default: the Bluetooth connection and the fact that they are earbuds. 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.

The report claims the new hands-free voice command feature will work without the user having to tap on the wireless headphones.

In their current iteration, the AirPods 2 are great for exercising and casual listening. The introduction of new AirPods may also bring down the price of older models. The earbuds, however, easily sync to iPhones using Apple's proprietary extensions to Bluetooth.

AirPods are part of Apple's wearables products, which include the Apple Watch and Beats-branded gear including headphones. Any further enhancement, whether in the efficiency or efficacy of this system, is likely to only increase Apple's lead at a time when most headphone manufacturers are still failing to provide foolproof and painless methods to get their devices to sync with smartphones. While they may not be as easy to pair as the AirPods 2, a few extra seconds isn't very much in the grand scheme of things - giving Apple some serious competition. Apple is nearly never first to market, of course.

AirPods could be getting an upgrade as early as this year.

The AirPods did away with the hassle of being connected to the phone via wires and contributed significantly to making Apple's other products category it's fastest growing division due to its vast popularity among reviewers and consumers alike.

Like this: