AirPods 2 could have hands-free 'Hey Siri' feature

iOS 12.2 Includes ‘Hey Siri’ Support For Rumored AirPods 2

Of course, that didn't end up happening, but this new iOS beta tidbit suggests Apple still has plans for the upgrade, and it might be coming soon. What this means is that users can interact with Hey Siri directly with the AirPods 2, unlike the first gen AirPods, where users were supposed to tap on the earbud to activate Hey Siri.

The first beta of iOS 12.2 contains strong indications that we are approaching the launch of new AirPods.

Interestingly, the software doesn't refer to the second-generation AirPods as "AirPods 2", which seems to indicate that Apple would continue to sell the new model under the same name.

Indeed, the introductory video for Apple's own 2018 iPhone keynote featured the protagonist using Siri hands-free with the AirPods.

Along with the improved "Hey, Siri" feature, the upcoming AirPods 2 will also come with new health monitoring features, wireless charging case and more.

Apple's current AirPods have performed very well at leading retailers since their release in 2016.

Apple AirPods 2 will support Bluetooth 5.0 instead of the Bluetooth 4.2 version inside the original AirPods.

The setup is not visible to public beta testers.

"Talk to Siri with your AirPods or iPhone by saying "Hey Siri", states the new iOS setup screen.

Considering Apple's growing interest in health, it wouldn't be surprising to see the company build health features into future AirPods. Other vendors should also launch similar products this year. It was widely expected that Apple would launch the latest iteration at the iPhone XS event held previous year but it made a no-show on the grand stage.

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