Apple AirPods have been a big hit, but the Capcino company needs to keep up with the latest innovations in order to keep people buying them, but more importantly stop rivals like Google and Bose overtaking them with newer versions, So here are Active JR predications on the new AirPods 2 release, price and features
I personally would like to see Apple integrate some wearable health tech into the AirPods with maybe a heart rate sensor, but suspect this is a couple of years away.
Apple AirPods 2 rumour details
- What is it? Apple’s next version of the AirPod’s.
- When is it out? The current thinking is that the AirPods 2 will be launched alongside the next iPhone in September 2018
- What will it cost? The current AirPods cost 149.99, so its more than likely the AirPods 2 will cost around the same price.
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Apple AirPods 2 release date
Whilst Apple normally remain tight-lipped on product releases, reports from Bloomberg suggest that a release in September along with the next version of the iPhone. Whilst nothing is set in stone with these things, I am personally steering towards this date.
Apple AirPods 2 specs and features
Currently little is known about the spec’s but a couple of sources have suggested a number of features and here is a rundown of the features that have been suggested and things I would like to see
Improved Siri integration with the next AirPods
Apple is rumoured to be planning on improving Siri functionality into the AirPods 2 for when they are released. Currently, you tap the AirPods twice to activate Apple’s voice assistant, But with the AirPods 2 you simply say “Hey Siri”. Apple has been improving Siri voice assistant over the last year and started to integrate it with more products like Mac and HomePod. I have personally started to use Siri a lot more since Apple has improved how you activate Siri and integrate with it.
New W2 chip on AirPods 2
This year’s new AirPods will more than likely gain the new W2 wireless chip, which made its debut on the Apple Watch Series 3, to help improve its Bluetooth connection. This new chip will help with the reported cutting out when your iPhone is in your pocket.
Better battery life on the AirPods 2
No doubt will improve the battery with the next version of the AirPods. The Current version of the AirPods has a battery life of around 24 hours, but some users have reported a lower battery performance when using them for Handsfree calling.
Apple AirPods waterproof coming to next version
Apple has been slowing adding waterproof protection to a range of Apple products and it was a surprise when they didn’t make the AirPods waterproof. However, based on recent reports, the next version of the AirPods will be waterproof. This will mean that you will be able to go out for a run without worrying about the AirPods breaking if they got wet.
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AirPods 2 to include HR sensor
Recently Apple has been making big noises about wearable tech being a big growth area for them. The Apple Watch has seen huge success and helped with the growth of Apple and no doubt Apple will be looking at ways to include health tech into appropriate wearable devices. Whilst I have heard no solid sources on Apple integrating an HR sensor in the next version of the AirPods 2, this is one that would be a really interesting move for them with others like Bose already using this tech.
Apple AirPods 2 price
The Current AirPods retail at 149.99 and based on the previous pricing with Apple, I suspect that the AirPods 2 will be the same price or a little steeper to allow for the improvements.
So what do you think about the new AirPod 2. what features would you like to see, leave a comment below and keep checking back for the latest information.
I am Jon R and the editor of Active JR that covers wearables, fitness tech and smart home. I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles and I like combining this with fitness.
My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.
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