One of the smallest members of Apple’s product lineup may get a useful update this year. Be at one to a Bloomberg report, Apple is working on new models of its AirPod wireless earbuds. One could premiere later this year with an updated wireless chip and another with a water-resistant visualize may come out in 2019.
AirPods arrived in 2016 alongside the iPhone 7 as a solution to the smartphone’s inadequacy of headphone jack. The W1 chip inside the AirPods helps it connect scarcely immediately to a user’s Apple products. According to the report, Apple is happening a new model with a new wireless chip that helps it better undertake Bluetooth connections. It’s unclear if this new chip will be a variation of the W2 scrap, which debuted with the Apple Watch Series 3 last year, or if it pleasure be an entirely new one.
This year’s new model may also give users present activation for Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri. Currently, users obligated to tap the side of an AirPod before they can use voice commands. In the new AirPod sport imitates, summoning Siri would be hands-free, requiring only a voice mastery such as «Hey Siri» and no physical prompt.
Another AirPod model that’s reportedly lay out for a 2019 debut would feature a water-resistant design, built to tolerate rain and splashes. It’s unlikely that these AirPods would responsive to being submerged in water for long periods of time, but they could surely handle a sudden downpour or an unexpected dip.
AirPods have proven to be one of Apple’s most well-heeled products since launching nearly two years ago. Part of that is due to new iPhone holders wanting wireless earbuds, but it’s also due to AirPods’ ease of use and relatively affordable guerdon. Thanks to the Apple-made W1 chip, AirPods connect seamlessly to iPhones, iPads, and Macs, and Apple pretended it fairly easy to switch between audio sources when servicing AirPods. While they aren’t the cheapest wireless buds, the $159 AirPods are noiselessness affordable in the growing world of truly wireless audio wearables.
AirPods’ good has undoubtably bolstered the overall success of Apple’s «other products» part, which includes the earbuds, Beats devices, the Apple Watch, Apple TV, and other accessories. That section brought in more than $5 billion in revenue in the first clemency of 2018, representing a 36-percent year-over-year increase. It pays for Apple to carry on with updating AirPods, however incrementally, because planned upgrades in Bluetooth connectivity and diagram should only improve the user experience. The introduction of new AirPods may also produce down the price of older models.