March 22, 2018

Apple AirPower Wireless Charging Mat Launching in March

23 February 2018, 07:25 | Anita Wise

AirPods with 'Hey Siri' support possibly coming this year, water-resistant model in 2019

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

However, it is not envisaged that they will be created to be fully submerged in water or used while swimming, surfing, or playing water sports.

Now, it seems that Cupertino computing giant Apple is looking to rectify those missing features.

Apple is reportedly working on two AirPods upgrades, planning to launch one model this year and another one in 2019, according to a new report. All that users will need to do is say 'Hey Siri.' In just the same way that Siri is activated on a HomePod or iPhone. In 2019, meanwhile, Apple's AirPods could be water-resistant.

As the Bloomberg report makes clear, none of this is set in stone and "Apple's plans could change or be delayed". Although the concept seems simple - place up to three devices wherever you want on the white pill-shaped surface - the engineering was apparently hard. Beyond that, though, we could be in for an even more substantial upgrade to the AirPods themselves later this year.

Apple was not immediately available for comment.

Mikaela Shiffrin sets up Olympic showdown with Lindsey Vonn
Vonn was referring to Saturday's super-G event, where she failed to medal after she slid out on the final turn of the course. Eventually, Shiffrin raced, and she began with an electric performance as she won her third best event, the giant slalom.

The AirPods will receive another upgradation next year as well, and this upgrade intends to make the device resistant to rain and splashes of water.

An Apple Post report from February 2018 suggests that the new charging mat could be with us in March 2018. The updated earbuds will also feature an improved chip for managing Bluetooth connections. Soon after the launch of the AirPods, other big tech firms such as Sony, Samsung, Google, Motorola and Bose came up with a similar product.

AirPower will also work with AirPod headphones, provided you buy Apple's new battery case for the headphones with wireless charging capabilities.

We already know that there will be at least one upgrade to the Airpods this year, because Apple has already announced a wireless charging-compatible case will arrive this year.

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