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Recent Report from Digitimes claim that Apple will release AirPods 2 somewhere in the first half of 2019, packing some new health monitoring features and other improvements such as Hey Siri wireless charge and support. The updates sound great and we are all excited to see what is expected of the next generation of AirPods.
Wireless charging comes to AirPods, and we know that Phil Schiller announced the optional wireless AirPods charging cradle along with Apple AirPower charger in September 2017. If the wireless charging case is still an optional purchase for the original or next generation AirPods, then the new AirPods version will certainly maintain the same form factor as before.
In February 2018, rumors of a new pair of AirPods with Hey Siri support, improved water resistance and upgrades to the W2 chips. A few months later, Apple's September event showed a short clip of Apple's staff using Hey Siri with AirPods and crossing the shallow water basin at Apple's new headquarters, hinting at better water resistance.
Apple Illustration for Wireless AirPods Casing on AirPower Freeze Charged Mat
We can certainly expect these features to emerge and I personally believe that the new AirPods will have Bluetooth 5 and W3 chips instead of W2, as the Apple Watch Series 4 is already equipped with the W3 chips.
On Thursday, in the first iOS 12.2 beta, a "Hey Siri" configuration tool was discovered, which obviously confirms the addition of the AirPods feature, though it does not necessarily advise whether it will work with the current generation or that a new iteration is needed.
There are also rumors that future AirPods are actively canceling the noise, but we have not heard much about it except for whispering.
A major anticipated change for the next generation is the inclusion of health monitoring functions.
Nearly two years ago, Apple filed for three patents titled "Earbuds with biometric sensing." A newer revelation is a patent that describes ways to enable the earhook to fit more securely into the ear canal, allowing it to have better skin contact.
Given their content, these patents are more than likely intended for AirPods.
An image from an Apple patent showing how an eyepiece ear can be made that makes it more useful for PPG measurements
Considering the existing patents, we can expect the integration of a photoplasti- mogram sensor (PPG) that is used in the Apple Watch to measure the user's heart rate.
Interestingly, patents spoke of a temperature sensor that can detect both the core temperature of the user and the ambient temperature. Patents also mention a sensor for measuring oxygen levels in the blood, which can be useful for things like monitoring your aerobic endurance.
It also mentions the use of electrodes that can jointly measure a number of different biometric parameters, such as a galvanic skin response or electrical activity of the heart, which is a different application of the same basic technology used in the Apple Watch Series 4 to perform an electrocardiogram (ECG).
The ECG test with AirPods simply measures the impulses coming to each ear and make sure there are no irregularities.
Of course, there is no guarantee that we will see this feature in the next generation of AirPods. Knowing Apple is probably better sound quality.
The past is too good
Now, with all those exciting features and updates that come to the new AirPods, what could be the biggest threat to their sales? Well, none other than Apple's current AirPods.
If you think about it, many people are extremely happy with their AirPods and if they already meet the needs of your wireless headphones, why spend at least $ 160 for an updated set?
Current version of Apple 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 set and you do not know exactly when the next version will arrive.
There is excitement about the possibility of updating AirPod. However, when reality strikes and Apple announces the price of these new AirPods, many of the current AirPods owners will have to decide whether these new features will add enough value to their lives, it is worth spending the money over and over again.
It is likely that an individual judgment will be made as to whether the health monitoring functions are worthwhile.