Hidden screen in iOS 12.2 beta hints at AirPods that can handle “Hey Siri”

TechCrunch | 1/24/2019 | Staff
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Its a weird quirk of the current generation of AirPods: they support Siri, but only if you double tap one of the earbuds first. Unlike with iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and HomePods, you can’t just say “Hey Siri” and babble out your request.

Rumors have been floating around for a while suggesting that a new iteration of AirPods — AirPods 2, the rumor mill is calling them — would bring “Hey Siri” functionality. Now a screen hiding in the latest iOS beta seems to suggest the same.

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While it’s not a publicly accessible screen, Guilherme Rambo of 9to5mac managed to trigger the following prompt in the just released iOS 12.2 beta:

“Talk to Siri with your AirPods or iPhone by saying ‘Hey Siri’,” it reads.

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Its absence from the current generation of AirPods presumably boils down to a matter of battery life. Apple...
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