Apple plans upgrades to popular AirPods wireless earbuds

“Apple Inc., seeking to bolster its wearables business, is working on upgrades to its wireless AirPods headphones, according to people familiar with the matter.,” Mark Gurman reports for Bloomberg. “Apple intends to frequently update the AirPods with new hardware features. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is working on a new version for release as soon as this year with an upgraded wireless chip, the people said. A subsequent model for as early as next year is planned to be water resistant, they added, asking not to be identified discussing private product plans.”

“The model coming as early as this year will let people summon Apple’s Siri digital assistant without physically tapping the headphones by saying ‘Hey Siri,'” Gurman reports. “The idea for the water-resistant model is for the headphones to survive splashes of water and rain, the people said. They likely won’t be designed to be submerged in water.”

“Since launch, AirPods have been considered one of the top-performing Apple products and have resonated with both reviewers and consumers,” Gurman reports. “The product helped take wireless headphones mainstream… AirPods accounted for 85 percent of the money spent in the U.S. on wireless headphones since they debuted, research firm NPD Group estimated last year.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The raft of cheap knockoff AirPods (check them out on Amazon) are testament to AirPods’ massive popularity.

As for upgrades, we just want a charge indicator on <exterior of our AirPods' case! Everything else about the current product is flawless.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K” for the heads up.]

21 Comments

    1. b/c I won’t buy b/c of fit. Poor fit is a big flaw and I must be still/hardly moving for them to stay put. I purchased the “rubbers” that help for wired version, but this goofy accessory can’t be on the Airpods while charging and removal for each charge would be desperate.
      I wear one of a number of headsets every day while working/working out and these “cheap Amonzon” products do a pretty fine job. In my opinion, this is one product aspect where hubris, or lack of awareness (doubt it), where Apple product-blind. This is not to say the solutions seen on other buds should be adopted by Apple, but it shows other companies demonstrate “one-size-fits-all” isn’t a reality. Apple/Tim…how ’bout it?

  1. AirPods already work with the “Hey SIRI” call sign. In fact, they work better when invoking “Hey SIRI” versus double tapping because you can say “Hey SIRI” and follow with the command without having to wait for SIRI to activate.

    1. Double tapping rarely works for me, if it doesn’t work the first or second time, I ignore it. I don’t even try it anymore. Good tip about “Hey Siri” while wearing them, I will give it a try.

  2. ••Apple AirPods – cheap knockoffs!••
    2018-02 on Amazon – thanks MDN ; )
    http://amzn.to/2CC0zre

    • partial list of deceptive brands that copy design literally (from original 2016-10 $159):
    Alisak ($17.34)
    EarBuddyz ($9.95 case)
    Tutor ($10.99 case)
    KDLmall ($9.99 case)
    GEJIN ($30) + Lisiwen ($38.99)
    Gasira ($29.99)
    Qikmonk ($59.99)
    QERY ($17.99)
    Hiemao ($52.90)
    DYTOK ($33.99)
    Alisak ($29.99)
    Hiemao ($62.99)
    Namarajda ($57.99)
    zinat ($57.99)
    Vafru ($49.99)
    Ficken ($19.84 – asian brand? btw ficken in German means fucking!)
    etc!

  3. So. I’ve been waiting to buy AirPods until the long-promised new charging case is released. 💤💤

    And now I have an incentive to wait until an upgraded version of AirPods is released. 💤💤

    Bleeding Edge Tech First World Problems.

    I’m fine with my Lightening EarPods until… whenever.

  4. I’ve been seeing increased usage at my local 24hr fitness when I go there in the early morning.
    Just today, I’ve seen about 5 people wearing an Airpods. I think it’s becoming much appreciated now.
    I still check in the mirror now and then to see how I look like wearing one though 😂

  5. FYI, my pair has already proven to be waterproof. They accidentally went the washer and dryer when I forgot to take them out of my pocket after a walk. They are truly a great product from Apple.

  6. As someone who suffers from Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and needs hearing aids to compensate, I have found Apple’s AirPods to be a gift from heaven. Even with hearing aids that bolster the missed frequencies, I still struggle to understand what people are saying in movies and on TV let alone real life. Being able to watch Apple TV (and Mac, iPad, & iPhone) allows me to receive direct input via AirPods and forgo having to crank up the speakers. Even when editing video in Adobe Premiere and Audition, the AirPods sync with just a minor degree of wait time. I teared up telling the Apple kid to protect his hearing because you truly do not know what you miss until it’s gone. There is no cure for Tinnitus, but until there is you can use Apple AirPods for the next best thing.

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