Apple reportedly releasing new AirPods 'as soon as this year'

Apple reportedly adding voice activation to new AirPods this year, water resistance next

Apple AirPods to get hands-free 'Hey Siri' feature, water resistance: Report

The AirPods model for 2018 may feature a "Hey, Siri" voice command, according to Bloomberg.

Apple's second generation AirPods are reportedly in the works and will include "Hey Siri" support instead of requiring a tap before giving voice commands.

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Gurman reports that these new AirPods could arrive as early as this year, and claims a third version of AirPods, created to be more resistant to water, will arrive as early as next year. In fact, don't expect this year's upgrades to come anytime before September, which is when Apple upgrades the whole wearable portfolio, which was the second-largest contributor to Apple's revenue after iPhone and jumped nearly 70 percent last year, Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said earlier this month. It wouldn't surprise me to see Apple phase out its first-gen AirPods and replace it with the newer model with the upgraded chip.

Obviously a water-resistant upgrade would likely be met with enthusiasm.

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Out of all the digital assistants out there, Siri is probably our least favorite. The first-gen Apple Airpod came with W1 chipset and the second-gen came past year with W2 chipset.

These are just unconfirmed reports at the moment so there's no guarantee on the product details or time-frames, but as we hear more we'll let you know.

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We love how tiny AirPods are, but they are one of the few earbuds that only offer a one-size-fits-all option. This would make the AirPods less prone to falling out when jogging for those who don't have AirPod-sized ears. Apple always looking to improve their products, has now announced that it has plans to improve the Airpods with not one but two models.

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