Since the feature update is buried deep in the iOS beta 12.2, the actual 2nd Gen Airpods launch will most likely arrive when the public iOS 12.2 version arrives. However convenient it may be however, it still requires users to double tap in order to enable Siri voice commands. A brand new report now claims that Apple will launch the AirPods 2 in the first half of 2019.
For those who are out of the loop, AirPods 2 is Apple's next-generation earbuds and they are said to ship with all types of technological innovations that will provide iPhone users with a much more immersive sound experience.
Finally, there's also been rumours that Apple will add some kind of health-tracking ability to the new devices.
There have been rumors of an AirPods upgrade for months.
Also, earlier rumours have suggested that Apple is working on second-generation AirPods with an improved wireless chip that supports hands-free "Hey Siri" functionality.
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AirPods 2 should deliver a "discrete designs" to carry health monitoring features, the report notes, without revealing any other details about it.
"Talk to Siri with your AirPods or iPhone by saying "Hey Siri", states the new iOS setup screen.
According to reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is also hard at work on a substantial redesign of the AirPods for 2020. But 9to5Mac has stumbled upon a secret setup screen for the wireless Bluetooth earphones in the first developer beta for iOS 12.2.
Additionally, trademark filings filed a year ago also reveal that the AirPods 2 will sport a feature called as the "wellness sensors". While Apple has not confirmed or hinted at any launch dates, DigiTimes points towards a 1H 2019 launch.