Apple Working on Upgraded AirPods With Improved Siri Integration

Apple is planning to upgrade its AirPods

The upgraded AirPods will also pack an upgraded version of its wireless chip, possibly the W2.

The model coming as early as this year will let people summon Apple's Siri digital assistant without physically tapping the headphones by saying "Hey Siri".

Apple is preparing a couple of updating models of AirPods, according to Bloomberg. Apple's in-house W1 is already pretty great at managing battery life, wirelessly connecting the headphones to compatible devices, and automatically engaging the microphone when detecting movement. In addition a subsequent model for as early as next year is planned to be water resistant. But the likeliest release scenario at the moment has hands-free Siri support potentially added to AirPods this year, with protection against splashes of water and rain likely to be offered on a prospective third-gen model in 2019. The latest iPhones can survive splashes, while the Apple Watch is considered 'swim-proof'. Check out the full Bloomberg report here for more details.

The original AirPods seemed to come a little before their time, riding on the back of Apple's decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone.

Alongside the ability to take voice commands with no need for physical double-tap activation, second-generation AirPods are rumored to receive a wireless chip promotion of sorts. AirPods accounted for 85% of the money spent in the USA on wireless headphones since they debuted, research firm NPD Group estimated previous year.

"Wearables were the second-largest contributor to revenue growth after iPhone, which is impressive", Apple chief financial officer Luca Maestri said during a conference call with analysts earlier this month, adding that sales jumped nearly 70% past year. The popular fully wireless earbud-style headphones that Apple introduced a year ago are now on track for a refresh in 2018 with the addition of a new version of the "W" line of chips that Apple created specifically to manage and improve Bluetooth-based connections between gadgets.

Related News:

  • Wenger hopes Wilshere signs soon

    Wenger hopes Wilshere signs soon

    It gives you an arrogance but when you lose that belief in your body, your arrogance is hit and you are lost. Meanwhile club-record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible to compete in the competition.
    Former Google employee sues company over discrimination

    Former Google employee sues company over discrimination

    Chevalier, who is queer and transgender, worked as a site-reliability engineer for Google from December 2015 to November 2017. The overwhelming majority of our employees communicate in a way that is consistent with our policies.
    South African president announces

    South African president announces "lifestyle audits"

    President Cyril Ramaphosa and former president Jacob Zuma share a laugh at a farewell function in Cape Town. Zuma last week Wednesday announced his resignation as state president with immediate effect last week.
  • Scott Moir Is The Canadian Women's Hockey Team's Biggest Fan

    Scott Moir Is The Canadian Women's Hockey Team's Biggest Fan

    The game ended in dramatic fashion, with the Americans forcing a shootout by killing a penalty over the final 1:35 of overtime. That goal ended up forcing overtime and the US had a great opportunity to win it with 6:37 in the extra period.
    What happened to the fingerprint sensor on the Huawei P20?

    What happened to the fingerprint sensor on the Huawei P20?

    The report claims that the device has rounded edges as compared to the P10, which makes it comfortable to hold in hand. Today we saw the dual rear camera prototype leak ahead of it's announcement at the end of next month in Paris .

    BidaskClub Lowers Universal Display (NASDAQ:OLED) to Sell

    Following the completion of the transaction, the chairman now directly owns 143,119 shares in the company, valued at $28,623,800. Tarbox Family Office accumulated 0% or 135 shares. 126,430 were reported by Yost Capital Ltd Limited Liability Company.
  • Raytheon Company (RTN), EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG) — Trending Stocks Analysis

    It is positive, as 42 investors sold RTN shares while 343 reduced holdings. 33 funds opened positions while 107 raised stakes. It dropped, as 41 investors sold FISV shares while 269 reduced holdings. 122 funds opened positions while 519 raised stakes.
    Kedarnath Shelved? The Truth About Sara Ali Khan's Debut Film

    Kedarnath Shelved? The Truth About Sara Ali Khan's Debut Film

    Apparently, Sushant had refused to lock any more dates for Kedarnath citing how his earlier dates remained unutilized. It is just a matter of time (before) we finish the film and share it with the world", Pinkvilla reported.
    Social media threat spread across nation prompts local scare

    Social media threat spread across nation prompts local scare

    They will have an increased law enforcement presence at the school on Thursday to reassure our students of their safety. In the post, the user makes a threat to "SHS" and some are suspecting this threat is aimed at Scottsbluff High School.
  • (NYSE:NUE) Holdings Decreased by State Treasurer State of MI

    Nikko Asset Management Americas Incorporated holds 0.92% of its portfolio in Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE ) for 334,162 shares. Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania School Empls Retrmt Sys reported 0.01% of its portfolio in Deluxe Corporation (NYSE:DLX).
    WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton invests $50mn in messaging app Signal

    WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton invests $50mn in messaging app Signal

    Its end-to-end encryption protocol is used by big tech platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger , and Skype . This means Signal can add staff and eliminate the uncertainty that has plagued the project since its inception.
    Air France Warns Of Disrupted Flights Thursday Due To Strikes

    Air France Warns Of Disrupted Flights Thursday Due To Strikes

    The 24-hour industrial action aims at putting pressure on management to increase staff salaries by a 6 percent across the board. Ahead of the strike the carrier advised travellers to postpone their trips until February 27 at no extra cost.


Most liked

Broward sheriff to deploy deputies with rifles to local public schools
A Coral Springs patrol officer captured him a little more than an hour later, after Cruz stopped at a Wal-Mart and a McDonald's. Bell said he was "100 percent on board" with Israel's announcement.

Spike in bond yields upends rally
But they reversed course later as bond yields climbed to four-year highs on the likelihood of further rate increases this year. The Australian dollar lost 0.4 percent to $0.7852 and the New Zealand dollar dipped 0.2 percent to at $0.7333.

Tavis Smiley Sues PBS for Breach of Conduct
PBS' official website continues to include a home page for the show " Tavis Smiley ", including interviews through December 12. The notion that PBS' decision to suspend distribution of the program was made for any reason aside from Mr.

Kuwait invites Philippines leader to visit amid tensions
Duterte talked with the family of Demafelis and then briefly viewed her remains, gently touching her coffin with his hand. They failed to act on a request by Demafelis's family for help after she went missing in January previous year , he said.

4G speed in India slowest , Pakistan offering better speed
Singapore topped the speed chart, with an average download speed of 44.31 mbps, followed by the Netherlands at 42 mbps. However, these three telcos are facing chunk in their earnings, as they try to match up to RJio's level.

The Daiwa Securities Group Inc. Reduces Position in Albemarle Co. (ALB)
Crawford Investment Counsel Inc increased Wal (NYSE:WMT) stake by 30,461 shares to 300,825 valued at $23.51 million in 2017Q3. Gam Holding Ag sold 21,524 shares as the company's stock rose 20.02% with the market. 3,841 are held by Creative Planning.

Peshawar Zalmi squad enjoys laughter session with Kapil Sharma
You are an incredible country and you've done great things for cricket. "I hope this season goes as well as the last two". For cricket fans in Dubai, Sharjah, Lahore and Karachi , the PSL promises to be a rare treat of high-quality action.

UTorrent Client Affected by Some Pretty Severe Security Flaws
Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy was the one to discover the flaw and reached out to BitTorrent. Project Zero gives software vendors 90 days to fix vulnerabilities before making them public.

Zinedine Zidane: Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez "important" players
Sergio Ramos sealed the win with a late penalty, and Real have now taken 16 points from the last 18 available in La Liga . Ramos scored from the penalty spot after Mateo Kovacic was pushed inside the area in the closing minutes.

US Supreme Court blocks Hamas bomb victims' claim to Iran artifacts
The case arose from a September 1997 Hamas bombing of a pedestrian mall in Jerusalem, which left five dead and hundreds injured. Justice Elena Kagan was recused in the case, likely because of her earlier involvement in the case as US solicitor general.

United States beats Canada for first women's hockey gold since 1998
So proud of every single one of you for AN AMAZING showcase of the strength and determination it takes to revolutionize a sport. The Canadian men sandwiched wins of 5-1 over Switzerland and 4-0 over South Korea 4-0 around a 3-2 shootout loss to the Czechs.

Screnock, Dallet advance in Supreme Court race
Screnock also said he wasn't concerned that his two liberal opponents would likely finish with more votes combined than he got. She tells The Associated Press that her message of experience as a prosecutor and judge resonated with people in the state.

"He pulled one over on us": Family that took in Cruz
According to a Florida Department of Children and Families report, Cruz suffered from depression, ADHD and autism. He was evaluated by Henderson Behavioral Health professionals but not hospitalized at the time.

Winter Olympics: When the End Date Is
After finishing sixth in super-G, she trailed Goggia by nearly half a second to take the downhill bronze . There's also a women's bronze medal game between the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation and Finland.

Qualcomm Announces Retailers and Carriers For Always Connected PCs
But there will nearly certainly be a flurry of announcements of Qualcomm-powered laptops at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show next week.