Apple Working on High-End AirPods and Over-Ear Headphones for 2019

Sales of Apple's Home Pod speaker have reportedly fallen below expectations

Talking about the AirPods first, these wireless earphones will be able to feature noise-cancellation and water-resistance. Apple is also looking to increase the distance that AirPods can function away from an iPhone or iPad, the news service reported. No price range was offered in the report, though it does note that they'll cost more than Apple's current $159 AirPods. The sources also suggest they'll feature a new chip, Siri voice activation and (like the Apple Watch) perhaps even sensors for a heart-rate monitor.

The report also reiterates that Apple is continuing to work on a pair of premium over-ear headphones that will compete with Bose and Sennheiser headsets, to be released under the Apple brand rather than Beats. Executives from hardware maker Inventec Corp.

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For these over-ear headphones, Apple is said to have discussed working with Tymphany, a Primax Electronics subsidiary that makes consumer and professional audio systems. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Since none of these products have yet been announced, there's a chance they might not wind up being released in 2019, and could be pushed back further (or not released at all.) Still, from the sound of things, Apple has some pretty exciting new audiophile technology in the works. Apple already stocks the Beats Studio 3 over-ear headphones.

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High-end AirPods, a new HomePod and over-ear headphones are coming as soon as next year, reported Bloomberg. Until now, it has only worked with Inventec and Luxshare Precision Industry Co. However, given Apple's recent track record of delayed product launches, it is entirely possible that we will see the launch of the headphones being delayed once again. The new AirPods will reportedly be pricier than their predecessor, potentially segmenting the AirPods line into two models, and is increasing its reliance on contract manufacturer Foxconn to improve production of the AirPods. The production however, has not been started.

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