iOS 12.2 Teases AirPods 2 With Hey Siri Integration

Apple released the first beta of iOS 12.2 to developers last night. The company is introducing some minor changes to iOS with the new update, though there aren’t any notable major changes. There is, however, a secret teaser.

As spotted by 9to5Mac, iOS 12.2 includes a set up experience for Hey Siri on supported devices. The new UI allows you to train Siri to learn your voice and reply to your commands whenever you use the hotword Hey Siri. And that has been available on the iPhone before, but the new UI says that you can “Talk to Siri with your AirPods or iPhone by saying Hey Siri”, which suggests that the next AirPods will come with Hey Siri integration.

Here’s the thing, though: we have known before that Apple is planning to integrate Siri into its wildly popular $159 AirPods. The new iOS 12.2 set up experience is just some further confirmation. The company is also believed to be working health-related features for AirPods 2, and a recent report from DigiTimes claimed that the company is working on new “discrete designs to carry health monitoring functions” on the next-gen AirPods.

AirPods 2 is expected to launch sometime in the first half of this year. I personally have been waiting incredibly long for these things. And with AirPower potentially around the corner, I think we are going to get the new AirPods sometime soon as well.

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  • jchampeau

    Premium Member
    25 January, 2019 - 7:13 am

    <p>I have a pair of the current model AirPods and was a little disappointed when I figured out you can't rouse Siri with them in this way. I know how this will go: "I don't need new AirPods. The pair I have now work just fine and improvements are minor." Two days later in my Inbox: "Receipt from Apple."</p>

  • provision l-3

    25 January, 2019 - 8:21 am

    <p>I'm curious what health monitoring functions can be included in AirPods other than heart rate. </p>

    • Chris Payne

      25 January, 2019 - 1:03 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#399458">In reply to provision l-3:</a></em></blockquote><p>Body temperature? But other than that, yea, I'm not sure</p>

  • Chris_Kez

    Premium Member
    25 January, 2019 - 9:30 am

    <p>I wonder if they'll keep selling the current AirPods at a reduced price. I can see Apple doing something like AirPods 2 at $199 and original AirPods at $129. I just can't imagine them offering a new version with any kind of health monitoring (or really any kind of marked improvement) and not ratcheting up the price. </p>

  • mattbg

    Premium Member
    25 January, 2019 - 5:43 pm

    <p>I can see the Day One fun already… "Hey Siri, play Rick Astley" says your good friend over your shoulder.</p>

  • bsd107

    Premium Member
    28 January, 2019 - 11:40 pm

    <p>So, with an iPhone in hand, an Apple Watch on wrist, and AirPods 2 in ear, iPad laying on the table, and HomePod on the shelf, what will keep all devices responding at once to “Hey Siri”??????</p>

  • rajputrana

    31 January, 2019 - 2:21 pm

    <p>nice post…</p>


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