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Apr 12, 2001

Ahead of Apple's "Gather Round" event, rumors suggested the company would introduce updated AirPods with an improved wireless chip and support for hands-free "Hey Siri" functionality.

There was no mention of updated AirPods on stage when the new Apple Watch and iPhone models were unveiled, but Apple's event intro featured a video where "Hey Siri" support for AirPods is clearly demonstrated as a feature.

The "Hey Siri" moment happens at about 40 seconds into the video​
In the Mission Impossible parody video that kicked off the event, an Apple employee racing across the Apple Park campus to deliver an item to Tim Cook uses "Hey Siri" with the AirPods to ask for the fastest route to the Steve Jobs Theater.

The "Hey Siri" hint suggests that this functionality is indeed coming to the AirPods at some point in the future, so it's possible that Apple is still planning to unveil updated AirPods later in the year.

At the current time, summoning Siri requires a double-tap on the side of one of the AirPods, which is much less convenient than the hands-free option.

If new AirPods are still on the horizon, that may also mean that Apple still intends to unveil the AirPower at some point in 2018. There was no mention of the AirPower at today's event and the device has essentially been scrubbed from Apple's website, so it's not entirely clear if and when it's going to launch.

Along with the AirPower, Apple is meant to be introducing a new wireless Charging Case for the AirPods, which is simply listed as "Unavailable" on Apple's website.

Apple could be planning to unveil AirPods with "Hey Siri" support, a wireless AirPods Charging Case, and the AirPower all at the same time later in 2018, but the company's plans are still very much unknown at this point.

Article Link: Apple's Event Intro Video Hints at 'Hey Siri' Support for AirPods


macrumors 68000
Jul 8, 2015
Tim said at the start that this presentation would focus on the most ‘personal’ devices.

You can’t get more personal than plugging an Apple device in your ear!

So where are the new AirPods?


macrumors 6502a
Oct 14, 2007
Yeah just like icons on beta versions of IOS 12 suggested a new ipad pro being released..IOS 12 is coming out on Monday, still no ipad pro :(


macrumors newbie
Sep 27, 2006
From the way she was running through the water I also thought that AirPods that are water resistant we’re going to be announced...
Although not advertised, the current AirPods are basically water resistant (in my experience). I've worn them in the shower a dozen or so times, and even accidentally submerged them in soapy water for 30 minutes (about 1' deep) when soaking a dress shirt. I was sure they'd be dead, but after a quick rinse they were good as new. I got this pair when they were released (December 2016) so needless to say I've been pretty impressed with their durability.
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macrumors 601
Jul 13, 2008
Or she used an Apple Watch? She did not technically raise her wrist, but could it have already been ‘active’ given that she was carrying the case.

Who knows. Probably the AirPods.

Probably. Or just an oversight in the video. But they don’t usually reveal new products in the pre-keynote videos so I don’t know that they’d hint at new AirPods. If they don’t announce them at the October event I wouldn’t expect new AirPods until next September.


macrumors 603
Jul 5, 2007
Phoenix, AZ
Umm what it also tells me is that Apple Watch should be OFFICE KEYS NOW! Come on Apple!
When are the releasing the transporter beam technology?
WatchOS 6 of course, I am sure it will only work with the Series 4 and above though. I think you also need the LTE version, as it contains a cellular chip, allowing you to beam to any location with service, whether or not you have your iPhone with you.


macrumors 6502a
May 11, 2010
Did anyone also see the guy running in the rain with AirPods on in the Apple Watch advert as well. Water resistant model coming?


macrumors 68000
Jul 3, 2008
And Tim don’t even need the clicker because he just go to the stage for couple seconds then call somebody to demo the product.


macrumors newbie
Jun 19, 2007
I use AirPods and I’m able to say “hey Siri“ to activate Siri hands-free now. I must be missing something because people seem to be waiting for a feature that’s already here.


macrumors 68040
Jan 8, 2003
Great video.

What a beautiful,office that is. Clever way to show it too.


May 30, 2002
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Lol AirPower = AirJoke or AirNonDelivery! Announced almost exactly a year ago and the competition has 2 products on amazon that deliver dual or triple charging (specific placement required of course).

It’s sad Apple cannot deliver this still.

What I personally noticed is the Apple Watch used to unlock a Door!!

I have some serious coding ideas around that but Apple doesn’t support 11-20hz wireless contact standard door reader frequencies.
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