AppleInsider has reported that Apple’s 2nd generation of the AirPods will arrive within the first half of 2019. The second coming of Apple’s wireless model is set to include a health monitoring chip, and the potential of “wireless charging support,” the latter has yet to be confirmed by the company itself. Back in December, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted the inclusion of “wireless charging support” to combat waning battery life, as well as a Bluetooth specification upgrade, rendering connectivity possible in a greater number of situations. Rumors of an upgrade on the product’s noise cancelation and water resistance have yet to substantiate.
Early reports of an improved product haul date back to June of last year with Apple suggesting the implementation of an “over-the-ear headphone” to complement the AirPod. “Apple to have own-brand, high-end over-ear headphones with all-new design; to be as convenient as AirPods with better sound quality; shipments to begin (fourth quarter 2018) at earliest,” wrote Ming-Chi Kuo, in a report that was proven false due to a relative postponement of the prototype, in conjunction with ever-changing consumer needs.
Consumers will be able to profit from the AirPod sharing a platform with the unveiling of the iPhone XS, XS Max, and its econo-sibling, the XR model. Unfortunately, the 2nd Gen AirPod will not come replete with a screwable toothbrush-head as some would have liked.