By all accounts, AirPods are a hit. Despite the hefty price tag being a sizable barrier to entry, Apple’s wireless ear buds are selling like proverbial hotcakes. What’s even more impressive is that there still doesn’t seem to be any knockoffs that came anywhere close to offering a comparable experience. Apple’s got another hit on their hands, so naturally they’re looking to the future.

Of course we’re getting new AirPods this year. They’ll have an updated “W” chip, likely the W2 from the Apple Watch (though maybe a W3), that will improve its Bluetooth-based connections. The new AirPods will also let you activate Siri by voice using the “Hey Siri” command, rather than having to physically tapping the AirPod in your ear.

Those are the upgrades that we can expect this year. In 2019, Apple plans to add water-resistance, though instead of protecting against full submersion, the level of resistance will be geared towards rain and splashes. You don’t need to wear your AirPods in the pool, but you’ll likely take them for a jog or bike ride in the rain, so some form of resistance would indeed be nice.

Will customers upgrade their Apple peripherals the way they do with core devices? Only time will tell. In the meantime, I’ll be eagerly awaiting the price drop on the older models of AirPods. I can’t be the only frugal Apple user.

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