Apple's AirPods 2 Really Are Coming Soon (Yes, Really)

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Apple has released the first beta versions of iOS 12.2 for developers.

If the report by DigiTimes is reliable, we can expect Apple's AirPods 2 to hit the market sometime in the next couple months.

Since late 2016 when Apple released the first generation of wireless earbuds, the AirPods have continued to accrue a myriad of positive reviews and loyal users.

Finally, there's also been rumours that Apple will add some kind of health-tracking ability to the new devices. The report suggests that the feature which was hidden from public view found while configuring the AirPods. Now only the Apple iPhone and the iPad can be woken up with a Hey Siri command, the AirPods need a tap before you start speaking. It is then safe to assume that the AirPods 2 would serve as the base for an improved third generation AirPods that would likely come out in 2020.

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A DigiTimes report also said that the new earbuds will have health monitoring features and will see the light of day in the first half of the year.

Now, it seems the AirPods 2 themselves will perform the speech recognition, making them a much more powerful prospect than previously. The expected launch date was 2019.

On the other hand, Bloomberg also said that Apple was working on a "high-end" version of the AirPods with noise cancellation, water resistance and greater wireless range. Back in December, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted the inclusion of "wireless charging support" to combat waning battery life, as well as a Bluetooth specification upgrade, rendering connectivity possible in a greater number of situations.

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