Pop in your headphones on an iPhone, and Siri is gone. For AirPod owners, they can pull up Apple's digital assistant, but only after tapping twice on the wireless earbuds.
However, Apple may be working to change this according to code inside the beta version of iOS 12.2, which just dropped for developers today. Inside, the code shows a screen on how to set up Siri through the AirPods, and then speak with it without having to activate the double tap now required to bring up the digital assistant on the earbuds, according to 9to5Mac.
Currently, iPhones owners can bring Siri up by saying "Hey Siri" when their phone is unlocked. That doesn't work with AirPods. Instead, you need to make a double tap on the earbuds to get Siri to wake up.
Talking to Siri, or frankly any digital assistant, can be extremely useful for smartphone owners. Siri — like Google Assistant — can make phones calls, read and send text messages, pull up directions and launch myriad other actions through a smartphone just by stating a request out loud.
Shortcuts, which launched with the iOS 12 version of Apple's mobile operating system in September, also lets people build even more actions, linking together several requests into one. For example, you could ask Siri to send a text letting family know you're on the way home by asking, 'Hey Siri, share my ETA," which then would determine how far you are from home, and know to message certain people in your contact list.
When a new version of AirPods is actually launched is still unknown, and one of the mysteries Apple followers have been chewing on for months. AirPods, Apple's wireless headphones, arrived at the end of 2016.
In December, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated he believed the updated version of its AirPods would arrive sometime in early 2019, this year.