If you were thinking of getting a pair of AirPods in the Black Friday sale, or for Christmas this year, you might want to hold off. Rumours are suggesting that Apple may still launch new AirPods before the end of end of 2018.
Apple launched its AirPods wireless earbuds in September 2016 alongside the iPhone 7. They made a big splash at the time - "sound quality is excellent, the auto play/pause function is great, the accuracy of the Siri controls is a pleasant surprise and call quality is impressive," said our reviewer - but more than two years later, we're keen to see the follow-up.
In this article we look at leaks and rumours related to the AirPods 2: their release date, design, specs, price and new features. For alternatives that are available right now, see our guide to the best wireless earbuds.
When will the AirPod 2 headphones come out?
Apple had its special press event on 30 Oct and although there seemed to be a good chance of the AirPod 2 headphones being announced, they didn't not appear.
This leaves it up in the air (excuse the pun) as to when they will be unveiled. Our best guess is at a Apple Event in March 2019, although now we are hearing rumours that the next generaion AirPods could launch before the end of 2018.
Two prolific Twitter leakers suggests AirPods 2 could launch in the next few weeks.
The first, “Mr.White” just tweeted a picture of a stack of AirPod cases:
Another Twitter user, known for Samsung related leaks, also suggests that AirPods will arrive before the end of 2018.
Apple will definitely launch AirPods 2 this year.— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) 12 November 2018
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is generlly quite accurate in his predictions, also believes that the AirPods could launch before the end of 2018 or in early 2019.
Other analysts have predicted that a major redesign is more likely to happen in 2019. A June 2018 Bloomberg report, in fact, forecast that new AirPods won't arrive until 2019, and Barclays analysts agree.
Whenever they launch, it's thought that the AirPods 2 could appear alongside Apple's rumoured StudioPods over-ear headphones.
Features are the main factor dividing minor iterative upgrades from the real blockbuster events. Has Apple got an appealing new flagship feature to dazzle us with?
These future AirPods may include biometric sensors for measuring heart rate, according to the June 2018 Bloomberg report. This appears to be much in Apple's thoughts, after it announced enhanced heart measurement in the Apple Watch Series 4.
It seems that Apple plans to incorporate wellness sensors in future AirPods. Apple has updated the trademark includes the following, according to Patently Apple in November 2018: “General wellness instruments, namely, health, fitness, exercise, and wellness sensors, monitors, speakers and displays for measuring, displaying, tracking, reporting, monitoring, storing, and transmitting biometric data, heart rate, body movement, and calories burned”.
You activate Siri on the AirPods by tapping them, but the new model will allow the hands-free Hey Siri voice activation currently available on iPhone, iPad and HomePod, according to Bloomberg's sources.
The Barclays report mentioned above (predicting a delay until 2019 for the AirPods 2 launch) names noise cancellation as the flagship feature for the new headphones. This will be achieved via changes to the physical design, rather than active noise cancellation.
It's been confirmed that Apple's upcoming AirPower wireless charging pad will work with a new case for the AirPods.
Images of the wireless charging case were spotted in iOS 12 beta 5. While the AirPods don't actually look any different the model identifier 'AirPods1,2' appears - which is different to the original AirPods 1,1. Here's a still from a 9to5Mac video of the case:
The new AirPods charging case has a few feature that can be gleaned from the image - there is a light on the outside that indicates that the earphones are charged. The indicator light in the old case was on the inside, so users had to open the case to see the charging status.
If you look closely you can see that the case on the left has a green light, indicating that it's charging, while the one on the right has an orange light to indicate low power.
Note, however, that this case is likely to be released in the near term with compatibility for existing AirPods, and could arrive long before the AirPods 2 - or before the more significantly redesigned AirPods expected in 2019.
Bloomberg also predicts that the new AirPods will be water-resistant. Not waterproof - "they likely won't be designed to be submerged in water" - but fine in the rain.
So you won't be able to take them swimming, for example.
We don't know much about the AirPods 2 specs yet, although Bloomberg predicts the inclusion of an upgraded wireless chip - probably the W2, which first appeared in the Apple Watch Series 3. If true, this would offer substantial improvements: Apple claims the W2 offers 85 percent faster Wi-Fi and 50 percent more power-efficient Wi-Fi and Bluetooth than the W1 in the first AirPods.
Apple has been granted Bluetooth SIG certification for A2031 and A2032. MySmartPrice.com found the certification that indicates the AirPods will get Bluetooth 5.0. The upgrade would afford them better battery life and better connectivity. And the presense of the certification suggests that the new AirPods are coming soon.
As of August 2018, the AirPods cost £159/$159. The AirPods 2 will probably come in at a similar price.
However, according to the Bloomberg report from June 2018, the 2019 models could see a price bump if there's a more significant design revamp alongside the water resistance.
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