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

Report Apple is working on noise-canceling Air Pods and over-ear headphones

Bloomberg: Premium AirPods, next-gen HomePod and new over-ear Apple headphones coming in 2019

The AirPods will supposedly sport a noise-cancelling and water-resistant design, and cost more than the existing pair (which were £160 at launch). They feature noise cancellation technology so nothing can distract you from your music, you'll enjoy up to 2.5 hours of playback time per charge, and you can recharge them easily with the included carry case. Apple originally meant to introduce the headphones by the end of 2018, but has faced development challenges, and is now targeting a launch as early as next year, the people said.

Apple about to pump up the volume on its audio-device strategy, planning higher-end AirPods, a new HomePod and studio-quality over-ear headphones for as early as next year, according to people familiar with the matter.

Apple is also said to be internally thinking about adding biometric sensors for new AirPods, including a heart-rate monitor. The original version of the earbuds faced a delay after it first debuted in 2016.

For more details on the latest Apple rumors, head to the original report by Bloomberg here.

Elsewhere, Apple is said to be working on new over-ear headphones that'll compete with offerings from Sennheiser and Bose.

While this does fill in a few gaps in the Apple/Beats lineup of headphones, this is a roll of the dice for Apple.

Apple may launch another version of the HomePod by 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. These high-end headphones could be sold under the Apple brand, instead of the Beats brand that Apple bought in 2014 for $3 billion.

The report from Sina doesn't mention when a cheaper HomePod would go on sale, but noted that Apple is discussing the plans with one of its suppliers, a Taiwanese chip manufacturer called MediaTek.

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