The highly anticipated second-generation AirPods are coming, and according to a new report, they will support health monitoring functions. Here’s everything we know so far about the first hardware update to the fully-wireless earbuds from Apple.
Many can argue that the AirPods are the most innovative Apple product in years, and these truly-wireless earbuds and have built quite the fan-following since they were released in late 2016.
The current AirPods are starting to get long-in-the-tooth. Therefore, it has left many customers waiting for the second generation to arrive. The way may be over soon, though, as according to DigiTimes, Apple will be releasing the updated AirPods at some point in the first six months of this year.
According to the report, “Apple is set to release AirPods 2 sometime in the first half of 2019, and the new wireless earbuds with discrete designs to carry health monitoring functions are expected to receive enthusiastic market responses.”
According to a Bloomberg report from last summer, “[Apple] has internally discussed adding biometric sensors to future AirPods, like a heart-rate monitor, to expand its health-related hardware offerings beyond the Apple Watch.” At this point in time, I do not believe this will be the health features reportedly coming with the second-generation model as Apple may save it for a “Pro” version next year.
AirPods 2 may feature a small accelerometer that can be used to determine body movements like Apple Watch and iPhone. But, since AirPods are so tiny, fitting in an optical heart rate monitor may be an engineering challenge with the tiny batteries and other components.
Furthermore, the report says, “Apple saw its revenues from Apple Watch and AirPods during promotion campaigns shoot up 50% on year from 2017, demonstrating great sales potentials.”
To read more about AirPods 2, you can read “AirPods to get wireless charging in 2019, complete redesign in 2020,” here.