A curveball means you may need to wait longer for the AirPods 2 release date. While early rumors suggested a early 2019 release and there is a March 2019 Apple event on the books, it is reportedly not going to feature the AirPods 2. It’s looking more likely that you will need to wait for the fall for AirPods 2, nearly three years after the initial release.
The biggest question many potential buyers have is, ” Should you buy AirPods today or wait for AirPods 2?” With a release on the horizon it’s a tough call for some buyers. If you want AirPods today, you will need to buy the current AirPods, It’s getting closer, and you may want to wait, but it could prove to be too long for some buyers.
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 arrive in 2019, possibly alongside the second gen or alongside AirPower.
The current AirPods are still worth buying in 2019, but you should pay attention to what is happening with the rumored AirPods 2 release.
AirPods 2 Rumors
There is a March Apple event on the books, but it looks like this will focus on an iPad and on subscription services rather than on the AirPods 2. While you may need to wait for a while to buy AirPods 2. The wait may be worth it if the rumored new features all arrive.
The latest report from MySmartPrice claims that AirPods 2 will feature better bass, a new grippy coating on the AirPods and on the case and on each AirPod and aligns with the reports of new health features from earlier this year. The report also points to similar battery life, a new black color option and a price increase to $200.
DigiTimes reported that the Apple AirPods 2 release date will arrive in the first half of the year. These will reportedly feature “health monitoring” features. It is not clear what this will be exactly, but it could tie into heart rate monitoring. The timing seems off, but the heart rate monitoring lines up.
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. The odds are good that Apple will stick with Lightning.
Ming-Chi Kou’s last report stated 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. The timing looks to be off, but the features are plausible.
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.
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 reports.
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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