New AirPods, Apple noise-cancelling headphones pegged for 2019

26 June, 2018, 03:47 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • Bloomberg: Premium AirPods, next-gen HomePod and new over-ear Apple headphones coming in 2019

Today's report details that Apple's high-end AirPods will feature noise-cancellation and water resistance, though the latter is only good enough to offer protection against rain and sweat. Apple is also looking to increase the distance that AirPods can function away from an iPhone or iPad.

In any event, Bloomberg says these upgraded AirPods are expected to cost more than the existing pair, which go for $159, but will likely live alongside them as an upgraded model rather than a full-on replacement.

As for the new over-ear headphones, production is yet to start but they are meant to be comparable to "pricey models from Bose Corp. and Sennheiser".

Meanwhile, both Bloomberg and longtime Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously tipped Apple to release over-the-ear noise-cancelling headphones but noted that the company had dealt with production issues putting them together.




For the deluxe AirPods and the new HomePod, Apple will reportedly work with Foxconn as part of an expanded alliance. Executives from hardware maker Inventec Corp. Now, it plans to launch these headphones early next year.

Apple did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Apple is set to revamp its audio lineup as soon as 2019 according to a new report by the oft-reliable Mark Gurman over at Bloomberg. This would turn the AirPods into a health wearable in addition to an audio product. Apple is said to be dealing with Tymphany, the audio subsidiary of computer peripheral manufacturer Primax Electronics, to produce the new model. Thus far, it has mostly worked with Inventec, but builds about 30 percent of the units with Luxshare Precision Industry Co.

Without a doubt many iPhone users were miffed when back in 2016, Apple chose to ditch the headphone jack. What direction Apple will take with the HomePod 2 is yet to be determined. An Inventec spokeswoman said the company "will try its best to secure new orders".

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