There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of new AirPods coming out soon, and we did some investigation so that you don't have to, here is everything we know so far about the new AirPods.
Rumors are suggesting that Apple may lunch new AirPods during the first half of 2019! Yes, that means the wait is over and you might want to hold off if you were thinking of buying the "regular" AirPods for now.
So let's look at the timeline, Apple launched its AirPods wireless earbuds in September 2016 alongside the iPhone 7. They made a big splash at the time and still are, the sound quality is excellent and it was all around a great accessory for any Apple fan out there, but more than two years later, we're keen to see the follow-up.
From the rumors and gossip, it looks like the next version of AirPods is bringing many changes to the table, and one of the most significant and different than what we may have anticipated is in the Health monitoring department, some stating that it will even have more health monitoring options than the Apple Watch.
Other than just gossip, there were some patents from Apple, that strongly indicate that they are more than interested in branching in the health department. For now, it seems they are only focused on the Monitoring part, but some are speculating some hearing aid options in the future.
It may have happened to you before, but one of the few downsides of AirPods can sometimes have unstable connection, and that's because the AirPods are using a little outdated W1 chip for wireless connectivity, well all that is about to change with the new AirPods 2.
Anonymous sources are saying that the new AirPods are going to have a better Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity thanks to the inclusion of the W2 chip, the same one used in the Apple Watch 3.
Don't get too excited, this does not mean you will be able to fully submerge and dive with your AirPods, but that they will be spill and splash and rain resistant. And that is not such a bad thing, meaning you should be able to use them while it's raining and all in all a better workout-based headphones.
This one can be paired with the Health Monitoring treat, meaning that Apple has already filed a patent for biometric sensors which would allow the AirPods 2 to take on fitness tracking capabilities.
Perhaps more interesting than just heart rate sensing, the sensors would also allow the AirPods 2 to measure stroke volume, which combined with heart rate would allow it to calculate your cardiac output.
The second version of AirPods may also bring noise canceling technology. Reports suggest Apple will use physical "analog" methods, or to put simply filling out your ear and preventing the noise from entering rather than an active noise cancellation, so we should not expect them to be as effective as other high tech noise-canceling headphones.
It's worth noting that back in July Apple patented some pretty interesting tech for how the earbuds will handle outside noise as well as dissipating pressure from inside the ear canal, so we might be wrong on this one.
We saved the craziest rumor for last, and this might be a long-shot, but there have been more and more rumors lately saying that the new AirPods 2 might not look anything like the last one and that they will be an over-ear headphones similar to the Beats Studio line-up so it's important to remember that all of these are just rumors and to take them with a pinch of salt.
Nevertheless, all of the rumors seem reasonable and very interesting. We are more than excited speculating and guessing what could the new AirPods bring.
What do you think? What new feature are you looking for in the new AirPods?