Apple is working on AirPods 2 with improved noise cancelling and hands-free mode: Report

It is expected that Apple will add water-resistance along with the introduction of its upcoming Bluetooth W2 chip for more reliable connection in AirPods 2.

Apple is working on the next-generation AirPods that will come with noise cancellation and see the light of day in 2019, media reported.

AirPods. Reuters

AirPods. Reuters

"Feature-wise, the second iteration of AirPods will reportedly include noise cancellation features and the introduction of a new W2 chip," BGR reported late on Friday.

The next iteration of AirPods are expected to be water-resistant and could feature hands-free support for "Hey Siri".

The noise-cancelling improvements are referred to as using physical analogue methods rather than active noise cancellation using electronics as seen in the latest "Beats Studio" headphones, according to

The Cupertino-headquartered giant will continue to increase production of the wireless earphones, Barclays' analysts suggested.

The HomePod is also expected to get updated later this year and the flagship $349 HomePod could be joined by a cheaper model.

The original AirPods debuted in December 2016 but the release date for a second iteration remains largely unclear.

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