Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Apple rumored to launch high-end AirPods, over-ear headphones next year

Apple rumored to launch high-end AirPods, over-ear headphones next year

While those products include new models of the Apple TV and Apple Watch, and while Apple has not broken out specific sales figures for the AirPods and HomePod, the company appears eager to make a bigger impression on the audio world in the coming months.

Apple is planning to unveil new high-end AirPods, a new HomePod, and new studio quality over-ear headphones next year, reports Bloomberg. The headphones are also expected to carry the Apple branding, though there's no official name for the product yet since it remains unconfirmed. The new AirPods will feature noise cancellation technology and water resistance, according to Bloomberg's unnamed sources.

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This would mean an update to the existing AirPods this year, as well as introduction of two new premium audio offerings - "AirPods Pro" and the over-ear headphones in early 2019 if timelines don't slip. That said, you still don't want to go swimming with these things, as the rumored water resistant AirPods would be more likely to only stand up against perspiration and rain rather than being submerged. On top of those features, the upcoming AirPods will also likely come with biometric sensors as part of Apple's broader effort to grow its health-related hardware products.

Finally, the report claims that there is a new HomePod smart speaker on the way. The new over-ear headphones will purportedly use Apple branding to distinguish themselves as a higher-end alternative to the Beats line. No price range was offered in the report, though it does note that they'll cost more than Apple's current $159 AirPods.

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Apple debuted its wireless earbuds in December 2016. The original HomePod was supposed to be released to consumers in December 2017 but was delayed until early this year. The report says Apple is looking to shift production orders from Inventec to Foxconn in order to raise yields.

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