AirPods 2 are not coming in 2018. If you want AirPods for Christmas, you’ll need to buy the current AirPods and then look at upgrading to an AirPods wireless charging case in early 2019, or AirPods 2 later. The biggest question many potential buyers have is, should you buy AirPods today or wait for AirPods 2, and for many users it’s a clearer answer than ever.
If you’re looking for truly wireless earbuds, the AirPods are at the top of the list and for a good reason. The current generation is one of the best wireless earbud experience on the iPhone or iPad. Apple confirmed a wireless charging AirPod case that was supposed to come in 2018, but now it looks like it will be in early 2019. There are plenty of rumors pointing to important new AirPods 2 features.
With iOS 12, there’s a new AirPods feature available on the existing model. With Live Listen, you can set your iPhone or iPad somewhere and the sound it picks up is transmitted to the AirPods. This works similar to remote listening devices for hearing aids, and it can help you hear better in a crowded room or lecture hall.
The current AirPods are still worth buying in 2018, but you should pay attention to what is happening with the rumored AirPods 2 release.
AirPods 2 Rumors
Originally the AirPods 2 release date looked like it would arrive in 2018 alongside a wireless charging case, but that clearly isn’t happening. The latest report from Ming-Chi Kou we learn that the AirPods 2 release date could come in the first quarter of 2019 with Bluetooth 5.0 and wireless charging support. This latest note, reported by AppleInsider also suggests that we could see a new design for the AirPods in 2020.
It makes sense for Apple to keep the AirPod design the same for the second generation. Apple typically keeps a design for multiple releases. It’s not clear if we will see a switch from Lightning to USB C with AirPods 2, or if we will need to wait for 2020.
A report from Bloomberg outlines new AirPods 2 features including an upgraded W2 wireless chip that should help with wireless connectivity. You will also be able to use Siri by saying, “Hey Siri” instead of tapping on one of the AirPods. The same report indicates Apple is working on a water-resistant set of AirPods 3 for 2019. This 2019 model would be designed to survive splashes and rain better, but not to be worn in the water or underwater.
A Barclay’s analyst suggested Apple might cut the price of AirPods in 2018. That didn’t happen, but the report also suggested that Apple will add some noise cancelling features to a new model.
With this information in mind, here are some reasons you might want to skip buying the current AirPods and wait for the AirPods 2 to arrive.
Wait for New AirPods Features
Apple rarely announces a new mobile product simply to add a number to the end of the product name. In fact there is a good chance that the AirPods 2 name will just be AirPods when Apple announces them.
We typically see Apple add new features to products especially after lengthy periods between updates. The original AirPods will be at least two years old by the time Apple announces AirPods 2, which means there is plenty of time for innovation.
The AirPods 2 will feature a new W2 chip and a "Hey Siri" feature to use Siri without tapping your AirPod according to the latest rumor.
Apple's push to incorporate sensors and collect data that you can use in the Health app is well known. We've seen other earbuds include heart rate sensors, and while the Apple Watch handles that job, it could be something that Apple builds into a new set of AirPods.
In the latest reports it looks like we will see Bluetooth 5.0, a new wireless charging case and potentially the new W series chip that Bloomberg also mentioned.
Apple owns patents for AirPods with built-in Biometric sensors including EKG sensors capable of measuring much more than just your heart rate.
If you like the current AirPods, but are hoping for something more, wait to see what Apple announces in 2019. There's a good chance that some features may not come until a major redesign in 2020, but if you wait a few months you'll at least get to make a more informed decision.
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