Updated AirPods specs signal major iOS, macOS & watchOS updates next week

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in iOS edited March 20
Hidden in the specifications for Apple's new AirPods is the fact they require macOS 10.14.4, iOS 12.2, or watchOS 5.2 -- updates that are still in beta, therefore signaling their imminent public launch.

iOS 12.2


The system requirements for instant connect are listed at the bottom of Apple's AirPods page, refreshed on Wednesday. Those updates should go live around the same time as Apple's "its show time" event, given Apple's expected March 26 ship date for the second-generation AirPods. The software could even launch as soon as this week, though Apple tends to push testing as late as possible for major point releases.

In AppleInsider testing, iOS 12.2 and tvOS 12.2 are solid as of Monday's beta release. We have been experiencing some issues with Mail and eGPU hot-plug in macOS 10.14.4, however.

In terms of changes, macOS is seen to have a few major additions, such as support for Safari Autofill on Macs with Touch ID, and Apple News in Canada. There have also been sightings of Apple News Magazines subscriptions -- those should be revealed at a March 25 press event and cost about $10 per month.

The bulk of changes are within iOS, which has four new animoji characters, Control Center and lockscreen tweaks, an updated Apple TV remote, updates to the Wallet and News apps, the addition of TV support in HomeKit, a new Apple News icon, and a new volume interface for the Apple TV when accessed via the AirPlay button.

The 2019 AirPods include a new H1 wireless chip for better power effiency, faster connections, and "Hey Siri" commands. Buyers can also get an optional Wireless Charging Case, which could hint that Apple's long-delayed AirPower mat is around the corner.

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    Several issues lingering.  Beta MP5,1 firmware was rolled back in latest after bricking several machines.  Expect to see the macOS 10.14.4 release either delayed or quick escalation of 10.14.5 DP's.  Looks to be on track for possible 10.14.7 before migrating towards maintenance mode.  
  • Reply 2 of 7
    The new airpods are still one size fits all. Good thing other companies realize we humans have different sizes of ear canal. Skip.
    Johan42
  • Reply 3 of 7
    mknelsonmknelson Posts: 322member
    So, maybe the sneak announcement for tomorrow or Friday will be Airpower?

    iPod Touch with ARKit support?
  • Reply 4 of 7
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 7,283member
    The new airpods are still one size fits all. Good thing other companies realize we humans have different sizes of ear canal. Skip.
    One size fits many. Of course they won’t fit everyone, but what do you expect them to do - not sell them to the majority of customers because they don’t fit yours? Come off it. They also sell buds with the Beats line. Or you can buy something else. No one is forcing you, and you aren’t a victim.
    SpamSandwich
  • Reply 5 of 7
    Johan42Johan42 Posts: 152member
    The new airpods are still one size fits all. Good thing other companies realize we humans have different sizes of ear canal. Skip.
    One size fits many. Of course they won’t fit everyone, but what do you expect them to do - not sell them to the majority of customers because they don’t fit yours? Come off it. They also sell buds with the Beats line. Or you can buy something else. No one is forcing you, and you aren’t a victim.
    Apple’s hardware design is “form over function”. Not that hard to understand his statement.
  • Reply 6 of 7
    macguimacgui Posts: 1,176member
    Johan42 said:
    The new airpods are still one size fits all. Good thing other companies realize we humans have different sizes of ear canal. Skip.
    One size fits many. Of course they won’t fit everyone, but what do you expect them to do - not sell them to the majority of customers because they don’t fit yours? Come off it. They also sell buds with the Beats line. Or you can buy something else. No one is forcing you, and you aren’t a victim.
    Apple’s hardware design is “form over function”. Not that hard to understand his statement.
    Apple's AirPod design is 'form and function for the many, for everybody else, we sell Beats'. Not hard to understand that either.
  • Reply 7 of 7
    cjlaczcjlacz Posts: 33member
    Johan42 said:
    The new airpods are still one size fits all. Good thing other companies realize we humans have different sizes of ear canal. Skip.
    One size fits many. Of course they won’t fit everyone, but what do you expect them to do - not sell them to the majority of customers because they don’t fit yours? Come off it. They also sell buds with the Beats line. Or you can buy something else. No one is forcing you, and you aren’t a victim.
    Apple’s hardware design is “form over function”. Not that hard to understand his statement.
    I’ve never understood this. My friends and I brought the AirPods for the function, not the form. If you want a traditional look, fit options etc. that’s the form of the device. Maybe design is a better word. Apple seems all about function, but don’t confuse that with extenability or highly customizable. 
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