AirPods 2 Support for 'Hey Siri' Already in iOS 12.2 Beta

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The iOS 12.2 beta, which was seeded to developers this morning, includes a hidden setup screen that confirms Apple's work on a new version of the AirPods with a "Hey Siri" feature.

    The new setup screen, which was uncovered by 9to5Mac, indicates AirPods users will be able to activate Siri with a "Hey Siri" command. The currently available AirPods do not support "Hey Siri" functionality, and rumors have suggested Apple is working on a second-generation version.


    When the second-generation AirPods are available, users will be asked to set up the "Hey Siri" feature when pairing the AirPods to an iOS device for the first time. With "Hey Siri" activated, AirPods users will be able to ask Siri questions without the need to tap on the earphones.

    Rumors of second-generation AirPods have been circulating for some time, and "Hey Siri" functionality has been an expected feature. Apple itself showed off "Hey Siri" capabilities on the AirPods during the introduction to its September 2018 keynote event introducing new iPhones.

    The inclusion of the "Hey Siri" setup menu in iOS 12.2 perhaps suggests that we're nearing the release of second-generation AirPods.

    We've also been expecting second-generation AirPods to feature a wireless charging case to be used with the AirPower, and the delay of the AirPower has presumably led to the delay of the new AirPods. It's not clear if Apple is planning to release an AirPods update without the AirPower, but in recent weeks, we've heard rumors suggesting the AirPower is finally being manufactured, which means we could see a release in the next few months.

    Yesterday, a new AirPods rumor from DigiTimes suggested Apple would introduce next-generation AirPods with an unspecified "health monitoring" feature during the first half of 2019. Whatever health functionality DigiTimes is talking about could be included alongside wireless charging and the confirmed "Hey Siri" feature.

    Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also said that we can expect new AirPods to be released in early 2019.

    Article Link: AirPods 2 Support for 'Hey Siri' Already in iOS 12.2 Beta
  2. Soccertess macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2005
    Wish they could be setup to say "hey google!" to avoid getting the "I can't do that yet"
  3. csurfr macrumors 68020

    Dec 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    So if the first gen have the w1 chip, couldn’t this be added with an update to the existing AirPods?
  4. jhill-evans macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2015
    Ha of course they could but, will they? Most likely not.
  5. BrokenLimits macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2011
    I also think all of these leaks are now suggesting that we may not see a Qi enabled AirPod case sold separately for first gen AirPod owners. Looks like Gen 2 will come with a Qi case.
  6. AngerDanger, Jan 24, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2019

    AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    Is there a source claiming next generation AirPods will also have the W1 chip? I just assumed gen 2 would feature something like a W2 for health monitoring and Hey Siri.

    EDIT: Question answered here.
  7. seatton macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    Really want to get this, but I bet it won't have a USB C port :(
  8. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Why would it? It’ll obviously have the same port as the iPhone, since most owners will be using them with their iPhone anyway.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 24, 2019 ---
    Since these beta cycles usually last 2 months, I’m guessing Airpods 2 will launch alongside AirPower and iOS 12.2 in March.
  9. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    Wireless charging with AirPower.
  10. techfreak23 macrumors regular


    Sep 8, 2013
    The health feature is step counting... lol

    but on a serious note, I’m starting to get a little impatient because I’ve had my current pair for almost two years now and I am just starting to notice my battery life degrading. Probably going to need a new pair whether they release next gen or not in the next few months...
  11. Jamers99 macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2015
    Lutz, FL
    I really hope Gen 2 AirPods come out soon then. I wanted to get a new pair for my wife's birthday in March.
  12. scottcampbell macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2017
    They're just saying—since the headphones have a computer chip—couldn't they be updated to include different software features like this.
  13. Unity451 macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2011
    "Hey Siri... call Tim... I have questions..."

    SIRI: "Please stop."
  14. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    I hope these are available in multiple sizes. AirPods just don't stay in my ears and they would if they were just a little bit larger.
  15. Mansu944 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2012
  16. Vasilioskn macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2010
    New York
  17. BrokenLimits macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2011
    There are a bunch of things on Amazon that offer size adapters and over the ear clips etc.
  18. Baymowe335 macrumors 601

    Oct 6, 2017
    Not me. Would rather a Google not track my every move and instead use a very capable Siri for most things.

    The old tired narrative of Siri being terrible needs to be re-evaluated and updated with new facts.

    There was a study recently where Siri performed better than Alexa and Cortana and was MUCH improvement over the last year.

    In an 800 question test, Google Assistant was able to answer 88% of the questions correctly vs. Siri at 75%, Alexa at 73%, and Cortana at 63%. Last year, Google Assistant was able to answer 81% correctly vs. Siri at 52%, Alexa at 64%, and Cortana at 56%.
  19. cableguy84 macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2015
  20. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
  21. Optheduim, Jan 24, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2019

    Optheduim macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2011
    I have been holding off buying AirPods for 2 years now... hurry up Tim, I want to give you my money.

    (I never buy first gen stuff from Apple anymore, made that mistake with first gen intel-MBP and first gen-iPad and first gen-iPhone)
  22. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007
    Hey Siri, Airpods need noise cancellation and volume control.
  23. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    Will have to be significantly better than first gen for me to consider upgrading
  24. cardfan macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2012
    an audible sound to track lost or misplaced airpods. For the case itself mainly. Thanks apple.
  25. RevTEG, Jan 24, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2019

    RevTEG macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Jose, Ca
    I agree with you that they will most likely charge via lighting. However, I don’t really think Apple cares that they have the same connection as an iPhone. We don’t charge our airpods with our phones. So why would it matter if Bluetooth AirPods have the same charging port as our phones when they connect via Bluetooth not the cable? I already carry a usb-c cable for my MacBook and iPad Pro and a lighting for my phone. Cable management doesn’t really seem to be one of Apples concerns.

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