Apple is expected to debut its next-generation AirPods that will purportedly include "health monitoring features" in the first half of 2019, according to DigiTimes. This comes after a previous report, suggesting that Apple’s new AirPods could also feature wireless charging and a radical new design.

The report is included in a DigiTimes article focusing on how wearables are expected to drive market growth of rigid-flex printed circuit boards in 2019. The report cites no sources for the AirPods rumor, but points out that Taiwan-based PCB suppliers Zhen Ding Tech and Flexium Interconnect are the two main sources of components for Apple Watch and AirPods "at the moment." Additionally, the report highlights how other brand vendors have all planned to launch wireless headsets in the year – meaning more market competition and a perfect opportunity for Apple to launch their latest and greatest.

It's worth pointing out that this is currently only a rumor, and while DigiTimes' sources are noted to often provide reliable information the site has a mixed track record when interpreting the information and accurately predicting Apple's plans for its product pipeline. Another report earlier this month revealed that Apple is hinting at wearable smart fabric being the future, in a new patent.

For the full story, head on over to DigiTimes.

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