Apple seeded the first developer beta of iOS 12.2 earlier today, and details are starting to come to light.
9to5Mac has a report out on Thursday following the seed, indicating that Apple is indeed working on a new pair of truly wireless headphones. Dubbed the “AirPods 2” right now, a name that may change in the future, it looks like they will support the “Hey Siri” command. This has been a rumor for quite some time, and a definitive answer on whether or not it’s going to happen.
Here’s how it will work:
“When pairing the new, yet to be released AirPods, the user will be asked to set up “Hey, Siri”, just like it can be set up for other devices such as iPhones and iPads. This training configures AirPods to respond to only the user’s voice and not the voice of other people. The main difference from using “Hey, Siri” with these new AirPods will be that the AirPods themselves will do the recognition, sending the command to the paired device. This means you’ll be able to use Siri while your iPhone is in your pocket without having to tap on your AirPods.”
This comes hot on the heels of a report from DigiTimes earlier this week that said AirPods 2 would arrive in the early part of 2019. However, no exact release date has been penciled in just yet. Either way, it definitely looks like AirPods 2, with “Hey Siri” support and maybe health-related features are on the way.
This is one of Apple’s worst kept secrets, though. AirPods with “Hey Siri” support have been rumored for quite some time. Dating back to even before Apple’s September event last year. In fact, Apple actually showcased a video that had an AirPods users say “Hey Siri” to activate the digital personal assistant. The wireless headphones didn’t arrive, though.
Apple doesn’t need to update the AirPods as frequently as it does the iPhone, but it’s good the truly wireless headphones are getting a new model soon. The health tracking features will be a welcomed addition. In this writer’s opinion there’s not much that needs to be improved, so whatever Apple announces soon will be worth the wait.