Familiar yet new
Recent Reports Digitimes Apple plans to release AirPod 2 in the first half of 2019 and includes new health monitoring features such as wireless charging and Hey Siri support and other upgrades. The upgrade sounds great and lets you see what's ready for the next generation of AirPod.
We know that AirPod is charging wirelessly and that Phil Schiller has released an optional AirPod wireless charging case with the AirPower charging mat at Apple's September 2017 event. If the wireless charging case is still an option purchase for the original or next generation AirPod, the new version of AirPod will maintain the same form factor as before.
In February 2018, there was a rumor in a pair of new AirPods featuring Hey Siri support, improved water resistance, and upgrades to W2 chips. A few months later, at Apple's September event, we saw a short clip of one of our Apple employees using the Hey Siri feature with AirPod and running around in a shallow pool at Apple's new headquarters, suggesting better water resistance.
Wireless illustration of an AirPod case with an unopened AirPower charging mat
I personally believe that the new AirPod will be equipped with a W2 chip instead of Bluetooth 5 and W3 because Apple Watch Series 4 already has a W3 chip.
On Thursday, the first iOS 12.2 beta version does not necessarily tell you if the "Hey Siri" configuration tool has been found and works in the current generation or if a new iteration is needed, but it seems to have confirmed the addition of AirPod functionality.
There are rumors that future AirPods will get active noise cancellation, but we have not heard much about whispering.
A healthy improvement
The big expectations change for the next generation is the inclusion of health monitoring capabilities.
Almost two years ago, Apple filed three patents called "earphones using biometric technology." A more recent revelation is a patent that explains how the earbud can be more safely inserted into the ear canal to better contact the skin.
Given their patents, these patents are more meaningful than those for AirPod.
An image of the Apple patent showing how Earbud can reach your ear, which is more useful for PPG measurements.
Given existing patents, you can expect the integration of the same optoelectronic (PPG) sensor used in Apple Watch to measure your heart rate.
Interestingly, the patent talked about a temperature sensor that could sense both the user's core temperature and ambient temperature. The patent also mentions sensors that measure blood oxygen levels, which can be useful for things like tracking aerobic endurance.
It also mentions the use of electrodes to jointly measure various biometric parameters such as galvanic skin response and cardiac electrical activity, another implementation of the same core technology used in the Apple Watch Series 4 electrocardiogram (ECG) .
Using an AirPod, an EKG test simply measures the impact on each ear to make sure it is free.
Of course, there is no guarantee that you will see this feature on the next generation AirPod. Knowing Apple will also improve your sound quality.
The past is so good.
What exciting new features and updates to the new AirPod are the biggest threat to sales? Well, nothing other than Apple's current AirPod itself.
When you think about it, why are many people happy with AirPod and need to spend at least $ 160 more on the updated set if they already meet the wireless earphone needs?
Apple's AirPod version.
There is always something new. You can always wait for the next version of the version. However, if there is no set, it is harder to wait and the next version will not know exactly when it arrives.
There is excitement surrounding the possibility of an updated AirPod. However, when Apple releases the price of a new AirPod when reality hits, many current AirPod owners will have to decide whether or not the new features will give them enough value in their lives. They all deserve cash again.
If the health monitoring function is worth it, it will go down to personal judgment.