Rumor: The Apple AirPower could "charge" store shelves mid-March

Rumor: The Apple AirPower could

Rumor: The Apple AirPower could "charge" store shelves mid-March

According to Bloomberg's Gurman, a new Bluetooth chip could be coming to the next version of Apple's AirPods, expected later this year.

The 2018 AirPods from Apple will also get upgraded with the latest wireless chip to support better range and voice-based connectivity. The second version is supposedly due to be released next year at the earliest will reportedly feature water resistance, though it's now unclear what other new features Apple may have planned for 2019's new AirPods.

A report has appeared in Japanese website Macotakara suggesting that AirPower will detect the Apple Watch Series 3 by "special radio waves" a function "available only to Apple".

The report claims the new hands-free voice command feature will work without the user having to tap on the wireless headphones.

The company might make an announcement before the end of the year with a new pair of earphones that will be truly wireless besides being waterproof.

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Sources told Bloomberg that Apple is looking at upgrading its AirPods with new hardware features.

That's why the AirPods, in their current state, have helped boost Apple's wearable sales by nearly 70 per cent a year ago, according to Bloomberg. That report additionally noticed that Apple was going to just offer the refreshed AirPods case with remote charging through its retail locations, not outsider venders like Best Buy.

Another point worth noting is the revelation of an upgraded wireless chip. The new AirPods will allow you to invoke Siri by simply saying "Hey Siri" instead of tapping the device. Although the concept seems simple - place up to three devices wherever you want on the white pill-shaped surface - the engineering was apparently hard. First, they'll pack an upgraded wireless chip. The wireless earpieces, which were very popular items during last year's holiday season could see some upgrades ranging from Siri integration to water resistance. The idea was to replace the traditional wired headphones with a wireless headphones.

Apple has not yet revealed prices for the new AirPods or the AirPower charging mat. The idea was later used by many big names like Google and Samsung.

The Airpods may be equipped with the new W2 chip that was first introduced with the Apple Watch past year.

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