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


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

The first new model, expected before the end of the year, is likely to focus on Siri improvements. A user might be able to speak "Hey Siri", to bring up Apple's smart voice assistant while wearing them, for example.

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Apple seeking to bolster its wearables business as it is working on upgrades to its popular wireless AirPods headphones, according to Bloomberg reports citing sources familiar with the issue. The 2019 version would reportedly come with a water-resistance feature.

The idea for the water-resistant model is for the headphones to survive splashes of water and rain, according to the sources, adding that they likely won't be created to be submerged in water.

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Both pairs are going to benefit from improved wireless connectivity thanks to the inclusion of the upgraded W2 chip found in the Apple Watch 3, an improvement on the W1 chip that now powers the AirPod Bluetooth connectivity. Apple's plans could change or be delayed, the people said.

AirPods are doing well by all accounts, so putting them on an update cycle similar to the iPhone and other of Apple's high-demand products seems fairly logical. However, it will be interesting to see, if users also frequently update this accessory as they do with other Apple products, considering its premium price tag. The AirPods with W1 chip already offer the most advanced Bluetooth audio setup. From Google, Sony to Bose, brands introduced similar products, but could not match the 85 percent money spent on the AirPods in the U.S. since they debuted.

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