Apple reportedly releasing new AirPods 'as soon as this year'
The upgraded headphones will feature a new wireless chip for managing Bluetooth and let you call up Siri without tapping the AirPods.
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A new version of Apple's AirPods in-ear wireless headphones could be released "as soon as this year," Bloomberg reported Thursday.
Watch this: Apple's next AirPods may be water resistant and have hands-free Siri
The next AirPods will have an upgraded wireless chip designed by Apple for managing Bluetooth connections, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. You'll also be able to rouse Siri by saying "Hey Siri," instead of physically tapping the AirPods.
There are plans for a subsequent water-resistant model, to be released as early as next year, Bloomberg reported. Like the latest iPhones, they'll likely be designed to handle splashes of water and rain, as opposed to surviving full submersion in water. Apple has also previously said that it's releasing a wireless AirPods charging case.