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The updated mobile OS, including this new dual-connect feature, is expected in fall 2019, which is also when the company is expected to unveil the.
Previously, users of wired headphones could buy an inexpensive headphone splitter to share audio between two or more users, but Bluetooth has traditionally only allowed single connections.
Meanwhile the ability to connect two Bluetooth devices of any type has been available on some Android phones for several years. For example, Samsung debuted .
Apple has yet to confirm if multiple non-AirPod devices will also be able to connect via Bluetooth at once. Representatives for Apple did not immediately respond to CNET's request for clarification.