Waterproof Apple AirPods Could Launch By End Of 2019
Cupertino based, Apple has had an unsteady year when it comes to iPhone sales. Out of the three smartphones launched in 2018, the economical iPhone XR has been the best selling device. Nevertheless, the company has recorded a positive demand for its wearables (1,2) and tablet computer lineup(1). Apple’s totally wireless earphones (TWS), the AirPods which were first launched in 2016 have seen strong growth in the last couple of years.
Surprisingly, the analysts at Wedbush (a financial service and investment firm based in California) claim that Apple will be upgrading the AirPods for the third time later this year. The claim is surprising because the current gen wireless earphones were unveiled in the month of March this year.
According to the source, the future AirPod model will have enhanced design and will have waterproofing capabilities. Apparently, the extra features will also bump up the price of the upcoming wireless earphones which will reportedly carry the “AirPods Pro” moniker.
Even though the source does not discuss anything about the long-awaited premium over-ear headphones from Apple, they may also be unveiled alongside the AirPods Pro. Besides, not many details about the upcoming wearables are available. It is feasible that except for an enhanced design and IP rating, the 3rd generation AirPods will retain the innards of its predecessor.
To recall, the second gen AirPods feature the Apple-designed H1 chip with improved power efficiency and much faster connection sequence. It also supports the hands-free “Hey Siri” feature to launch the Apple voice assistant, a characteristic that was missing in the original device. The second generation AirPods also support wireless charging, but the case with this functionality has a higher price in comparison to the regular variant.
According to Apple, both the wireless and standard charging case options hold charging power for more than 24 hours of total listening time. The wireless charging case also features an external LED indicator on the front, which is an update from the internally placed LED indicator in the non-wireless charging case.
Even though the possibility of the claim turning into a reality is quite high, but nothing can be confirmed until Apple itself provides details about the future AirPods.