A DigiTimes report claims that Apple is going to launch the AirPods 2 “sometime in the first half of 2019.” The refreshed version of the AirPods will feature new “health monitoring functions,” though the report does not provide further details on what these new features are.
Given that the report is scarce on other details, it is recommended that our readers take it with a pinch of salt. The chances of Apple launching AirPods 2 in the first half of 2019 seem pretty spot on but they are unlikely to come with major new health-oriented features.
In terms of wireless headsets, Apple is set to release AirPods 2 sometime in the first half of 2019, and the new wireless earbuds with discrete designs to carry health monitoring functions are expected to receive enthusiastic market responses. Other brand vendors have all planned to launch wireless headsets in the year, with market competition seen to heat up soon.
Instead, as other rumors have claimed, the AirPods 2 is going to come with a new wireless charging case featuring USB-C connectivity and wireless charging capabilities. The buds themselves are going to remain largely unchanged, though its design will be improved to offer a certain degree of splash and sweat resistance. They are also rumored to feature active noise cancellation.
There have been reports of Apple working on a more expensive version of AirPods 2 with health tracking features but it is unlikely that we will see them being unveiled in H1, 2019. Due to these additional features, this premium version of the AirPods is unlikely to be priced at $159.
DigiTimes has a very flaky track record when it comes to making predictions for Apple products so unless this report is corroborated by other sources, it is best to not pay too much heed to it.
Apple had released the original AirPods back in 2016 so they are now over two years old. Despite their age, the AirPods continue to sell like hotcakes and frequently run out of stock on Apple’s online store.
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