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Report: Apple working on upgraded AirPods

Apple Inc. is working on an upgraded version of its wireless AirPods headphones for release as soon as this year, Bloomberg News reported Feb. 22, citing people familiar with the matter.

The new AirPods will reportedly include an upgraded wireless chip for managing Bluetooth connections, as well as allow users to bring up Apple's Siri digital assistant with a "Hey Siri" vocal command.

The sources added that a subsequent model of the AirPods that could be rolled out as early as 2019 is planned to be water resistant.

The AirPods, introduced during the launch of the iPhone 7 to replace the wired headphone jack, were officially made available in December 2016.