Latest iOS beta confirms ‘Hey Siri’ in AirPods 2

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iOS 12.2 makes it clear you’ll be able to set up AirPods with “Hey Siri.”
iOS 12.2 makes it clear you’ll be able to set up AirPods with “Hey Siri.”
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Buried in the just-released iOS beta is a clear reference to using “Hey Siri” with Apple’s AirPods.  It’s generally assumed this addition — which will make it much easier for people on the move to give verbal commands ot their iPhone — won’t work with the current version.

And this is just one of the features expected in Apple’s next-generation wireless earbuds.

Poking around in the code for iOS 12.2 beta 1, Guilherme Rambo from 9to5Mac discovered at hidden pop-up box with the text “Talk to Siri with your AirPods or iPhone by saying ‘Hey Siri.’”

The upcoming earbuds will be able recognize the “Hey Siri” phrase on their own, without the iPhone’s microphone needed, according to Rambo.

More features expected in AirPods 2

Building code to support the second generation AirPods into iOS 12.2 indicates that Apple expects these accessories to be out relatively soon. Almost certainly before the introduction of iOS 13 next fall. That’s in-line with multiple unconfirmed reports that point to a release in the first half of this year.

In addition to “Hey Siri,” they are expected to have some health-monitoring functions, though what these are isn’t yet clear. Other anticipated features include include noise cancellation and limited water resistance. A price change is possible but hasn’t yet been mentioned in rumors.