Next Gen 'Health Monitoring' AirPods May Arrive Before Mid-2019

By Tom Pritchard on at

Sometimes it seems as though rumours about second generation AirPods started the day Apple announced the originals back in September of 2016. But in the two and a half years since we've seen nothing of the sort. There have been plenty of rumours, but still nothing concrete from Apple. Well the latest rumour claims an upgraded version will arrive in the first half of this year.

This information comes from DigiTimes, with sources claiming Apple will be releasing 'AirPods 2' before mid-2019.Apparently they're going to have a wireless charging case, as expected, alongside 'health monitoring functions'. There are plenty of rumours about what Apple may add to a new set of AirPods, but health monitoring is certainly a new one. It's not without precedent, though, since we've seen other companies add health and fitness tracking to wireless earbuds before - Samsung's Gear IconX earbuds being the best known example.

Of course there's no way of telling if DigiTimes' sources are telling the truth or not. It's very easy to make this shit up, and it's not like Apple is going to commenting on its plans anytime soon. So stay sceptical for the time being.

Still it's not the most outlandish proposal, particular with Apple's recent push towards health-centric gadgets. It is about time they pushed out something that wasn't reliant on users paying the exorbitant cost of an Apple Watch. Whether it happens remains to be seen. AirPods are very small, and so far we've heard lot of rumours about what might be stuffed inside. Biometric sensors, noise cancelling, sweat resistance, and 'Hey Siri' integration. There's only so much extra room once you've added all the essentials like the battery.

As to when a new set of AirPods might be announced, the best bet would be WWDC in June - though that's generally been an event devoted to software upgrades than new hardware. We'll just have to wait and see. [DigiTimes via MacRumours]