The water resistance is reportedly being added to protect against rain and perspiration, meaning they will still not be able to be used while swimming.
In the future, Apple may also add a heart-rate monitor and other health-tracking sensors.
Nothing has been confirmed by Apple, but with a 2019 release date rumoured we've got our fingers crossed for a reveal at Apple's traditional September iPhone launch event.
Finally, Apple is reportedly working on a deal with Primax Electronics Ltd. subsidiary Tymphany for new over-ear headphones. An in-house audio-product team is run by Gary Geaves, formerly an engineer from B&W Group Ltd., a maker of speaker systems and headphones. Apple had originally meant to introduce the headphones by the end of 2018 but has faced development challenges. In addition, the company is working on wireless case charger headphone that will be compatible with the charger AirPower.
We've always been largely unimpressed with the quality of Apple's EarPods headphones, and were hoping to see a dramatic improvement in their standard following Apple's acquisition of Beats in 2014. However, the 2018 AirPods that will be released later this year will come with a new chip and support for hands-free Siri activation, thus laying the foundations for Apple to incorporate newer features on AirPods coming in 2019. It's an interesting move when you consider that Apple owns Beats, but apparently, the company wants to offer a high-end alternative to headphones Beats already sells. The new AirPods, HomePod, and headphones could be released as early as 2019, though no specific timeline has yet been reported.
Apple is also said to be in the process of developing a new version of its HomePod smart speaker. Apple introduced its first generation AirPods past year which allowed users to seamlessly connect to any Bluetooth-compatible smartphone, tablet or computer without needing any wires at all.
Apple did not immediately reply to a request for comment.