Known and yet new
A recent report from Digitimes claimed that Apple would release AirPods 2 sometime in the first half of 201
The AirPods are being charged wirelessly, and we know that at the Apple event in September 2017, Phil Schiller announced the optional wireless AirPods charging case next to the AirPower charging mat. If the case of wireless charging is still an optional purchase for the original or AirPods of the next generation, the new version of the AirPod will certainly retain the same form factor as before.
In February 2018, the rumors came to a new pair of AirPods with Hey Siri support, improved water resistance and an upgrade to the W2 chip. A few months later at Apple's September event, we were shown a short clip by an Apple employee using the Hey Siri feature with AirPods and running through a shallow pool of water in the new Apple headquarters, indicating better water resistance.
An Apple illustration for a wireless AirPods battery pack for the unpublished AirPower charge mat
We can certainly expect that These functions will come, and I personally believe in the new features AirPods will be equipped with Bluetooth 5 and W3 chip instead of W2, since the Apple Watch Series 4 already contains the W3 chip.
On Thursday, a configuration tool called "Hey Siri" was discovered in the first iOS 12.2 beta, apparently confirming adding the feature to AirPods, though this does not necessarily indicate whether it would work with the current generation or a new one Iteration is required.
There were also rumors that future AirPods would gain active noise cancellation, but we have not heard much more than whispering about it.
A major expected change for the next generation is the inclusion of health monitoring capabilities.
Almost two years ago, Apple filed three patents titled "Earbuds with biometric sensing". A recent disclosure is a patent that describes ways in which an earplug fits snugly in the ear canal and allows better contact with the skin.
Due to their content, these patents are most likely intended for use with the AirPods
An image from an Apple patent, which shows how an earphone can be brought into contact with the ear. More useful for PPG measurements
In the light of existing patents, integration of a photoplethysmogram (PPG) sensor, which was used in the Apple Watch to measure a user's heart rate, is expected. Interestingly, the patents talked about a temperature sensor that could potentially detect both the user's core temperature and the ambient temperature. The patents also mention a sensor for measuring blood oxygen content, which may be useful, for example, for tracking aerobic endurance.
In addition, reference was made to the use of electrodes having a variety of biometric parameters, such as galvanic skin reaction or electrical activity of the heart, another implementation of the same core technology used in the Apple Watch Series 4 to perform an electrocardiogram (ECG). is used.
An ECG test with AirPods would simply measure the impulses to each ear and make sure they are not irregular.
But of course there is no guarantee that we will see this feature in the next generation of AirPods. If you know Apple, probably a better sound quality is expected.
The Past is Too Good
Now that all these exciting features and updates are coming to the new AirPods, what could be the biggest threat to their sale? Well, none other than the current AirPods from Apple.
If you think about it, many people are extremely satisfied with their AirPods, and if they already meet your wireless headphone requirements, why spend at least $ 160 on an updated set?
Apple's latest version of the AirPods.
There is always something new. You can always wait for the next version of something – but it's harder to wait if you do not have a sentence and do not know exactly when the next version will arrive.
There is excitement regarding the possibility of upgrading AirPods. However, when the reality comes and Apple announces the price of these new AirPods, many current AirPod owners will have to decide whether these new features will add value to their lives to make the money worthwhile again.
It is likely to come to an individual judgment when the health monitoring functions are worthwhile.