Apple AirPods 2 with health-monitoring functions are coming in first half of 2019

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 10:08 IST HIGHLIGHTSApple will launch Apple AirPods 2 in first quarter of 2019.Apple AirPods 2 will come with health monitoring features.Apple AirPods 2 will also feature a brand new design.It has long been known that Apple is working on the second generation of its wireless Bluetooth earphones- the Apple AirPods. Last year, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple could launch AirPods 2 along with a wireless charging case in the first half of 2019. And now, a new report seems to corroborate Kuo’s prediction about the launch of the Apple AirPods 2.According to a report by Digitimes, Apple will launch AirPods 2 sometime in the first quarter of 2019. What’s more? The report states that the AirPods 2 will come with a brand new design that will enable the wireless earphones to monitor various health-related metrics and carry out health monitoring functions.Notably, this is not the first time that we have been hearing about the Apple AirPods 2 getting health monitoring features. Last year the second-generation AirPods were seen listed on the Bluetooth certification site, Bluetooth Special Interest Group. The listing on the site revealed that the AirPods 2 will not only come with the latest Bluetooth standard, that is the Bluetooth 5.0, but they will also come bundled with a host of new and interesting features. The list of features that are expected to make it to the Apple AirPods 2 includes active-noise cancellation and biometric measurement.Additionally, trademark filings filed last year also reveal that the AirPods 2 will come something that is being described as the “wellness sensors”. Essentially, these are a group of sensors that will enable the device to monitor a host of health-related details such as heart-rate, body movement and calories burnt among others. Apart from the wellness features, the Apple AirPods 2 are also tipped to come with features that track, monitor, store, report and transmit biometric data.advertisementInterestingly, a Bloomberg report last year said that Apple would launch three new variants of its AirPods, two of which will be launched in 2019 with water-resistance technology, a wider operational range and heart rate monitoring function. The report noted that while the water-resistance feature may not make the AirPods 2 suitable to be put during swimming, it would make them resistant to rains and sweat.Apple introduced a host of advanced health related features such as ECG and fall-detection to its Watch Series 4 that was launched alongside the three new iPhones- iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max-in September last year. So, it would make make sense for Apple to bring health-monitoring features to its Apple AirPods 2 and complete its ecosystem.ALSO READ: | Apple working on two high-end AirPods for 2019ALSO READ: | Apple AirPods 2 appear on Bluetooth SIG certification site with healthcare featuresALSO READ: | Amazon, Google might be working on Apple AirPods competitors: ReportGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow AppleFollow Apple AirPods 2 Apple AirPods 2 with health-monitoring functions are coming in first half of 2019Previous reports have suggested that the Apple AirPods 2 will sport a brand new design and come with water-resistance technology and feature the ability to measure health-related data.advertisementlast_img read more

After weekend chaos UN assists refugees at former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

In a press release, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the situation was “noticeably calmer and more orderly” on Sunday and Monday, as almost 2,000 individuals crossed from Greece into former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, fleeing the war in Syria. The majority of people – including many young families with small children – said they had passed through Turkey and travelled by boat to Greece.According to UNHCR, More than 10,000 people had reached Serbia since Saturday night after crossing from Greece to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and take a train or bus at the town of Gevgelija.In Serbia, UNHCR has been supporting the authorities and non-governmental organizations in receiving and assisting new arrivals at the Presevo transit centre, in the south. The agency has released limited food stocks for distribution and, in response to a Serbian government appeal, is looking at ways to bring in more supplies, including sleeping mats, blankets, tents and accommodation halls.Meanwhile, there was no noticeable increase of refugees or migrants apprehended by the police while entering Hungry over the weekend. Many refugees who had arrived in Hungary – which has, this year, received more than 120,000 asylum applications – wished to reach family in other parts of Europe.Border authorities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have been struggling to cope with the large numbers of people trying to enter, and on Friday and Saturday temporarily sealed the border. UNHCR has, at the same time, received assurances from the Government that the border will be open to refugees fleeing conflict in their countries of origin.In this connection, UNHCR stressed that the authorities urgently needed to boost their border presence and capacity for a more orderly and protection-sensitive flow. The agency added that it stood ready to help establish sufficient reception capacity as well as organized registration and identification.UNHCR also reiterated its appeal to the Greek authorities to provide urgent assistance to those stranded on the Greek side of the border, enhance registration and reception arrangements, and help move the refugees and migrants to reception facilities deeper inside Greece.“Most of those arriving at the border have suffered immensely before even reaching Greece and need understanding, protection and assistance,” UNHCR emphasized.UNHCR staff have been at the border since the start, monitoring the situation and helping the vulnerable. Most recently, the UN agency and its partners have delivered food, water, sanitary items as well as plastic sheeting and blankets to those in need on the Greek side of the border. Volunteers have also helped with the distributions.UNHCR has worked in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with the local Red Cross to reunite families separated during the confusion while crossing the border on Friday and Saturday. In addition, UNHCR has been working closely with groups of volunteers to dispense food, water and blankets.At the Gevgelija railway station, UNHCR has set up a resting point offering refugees protection from the weather and providing legal advice on documentation, registration and asylum procedures for those heading north by train to Serbia. The agency has also funded the hire of data entry clerks to support the registration process.“UNHCR believes more needs to be done by Greece and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to tackle a problem that will not go away any time soon and affects all of Europe,” said Vincent Cochetel, who directs UNHCR’s Europe Bureau. “We call again on EU member states to step up help to Greece, [the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia] and Serbia.” read more