Apple's AirPods are one of the hottest gadgets on the market right now, and the second generation of the product is rumored to really be next level.
It really felt like almost everyone was gifted an Amazon Echo for Christmas in 2017. This past Christmas, Apple's AirPods were the festive season's must-have gift. Even though the wireless earphones have been available for a couple of years, the product has really gained traction over the past six months or so.
As with anything and everything when it comes to tech, as soon as customers have their hands on the product, they immediately ask what's coming next. That is even more true for Apple products. We are currently still on the first generation of AirPods, however, the second generation is coming soon and if the rumors are true, they will be very, very popular.
The Verge reported this week that the first beta for iOS 12.2 confirms that new AirPods are incoming. What's more, it also suggests that the earphones will be able to register hands-free voice commands. While talking to Siri via your iPhone is nothing new, being able to do it through your AirPods is not yet a possibility. While that is the only secret uncovered via the beta update, there are a number of other rumors relating to what we can expect from the next AirPods.
Some of the rumored additions to the next AirPods include them potentially being water-resistant, featuring noise cancelation technology, and also having an extended wireless range. However, when it comes to AirPod rumors we would suggest not getting your hopes up too high. The voice command speculation was first hinted at last summer and was meant to be rolled out in time for Christmas. That obviously did not happen.
When it comes to rumors and even information discovered via a beta, it should be taken with a pinch of salt. The whole point of beta testing is so companies can iron out any problems or perhaps scrap ideas and additions altogether. Just because AirPods capable of communicating with Siri appear to be on the horizon right now, that by no means indicates they'll be on the market any time soon.