Apple Working on High-End Airpods, Over-the-Ear Headphones

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

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

The new earbuds would tout better noise-cancellation and water resistance against rain and sweat.

Slated for 2019, the earbuds will likely cost more than the existing $159 pair, and that could push Apple to segment the product line like it does with iPhones, one of the people said. Bloomberg also reiterates that Apple is working on a next-generation version of its HomePod speaker that should launch in 2019, though the report doesn't offer any details as far as what we can expect from the new smart speaker.

Leave your thoughts on whether you would cop higher-end Airpods in the comments. As for this year, the company will reportedly be updating the earphones with a new chip and support for hands-free Siri activation. Not much is known about this product aside from the possibility that Apple will shift development from Inventec to Foxconn. Apple already stocks the Beats Studio 3 over-ear headphones.

Additionally, Bloomberg has reported that Apple internally discussed adding biometric sensors on new upcoming AirPods in order to increase its health-related hardware offerings, thus stretching beyond the Apple Watch lineup.

It's not clear what new features will come with the second-generation HomePod; there had been some previous rumblings that Apple was considering a HomePod-esque product with a lower price point. A wireless charging case is apparently in the works, too, to go along with the long-rumored and conspicuously absent AirPower charger.

Previous reports have claimed the headphones would feature noise cancellation and an all-new design, challenging models now available in the $350 United States dollars to $500 price range. Apple is reportedly in talks with audio systems manufacturer Tymphany for the over-ear headphones, though both companies have yet to close any deal, according to the report.

Without a doubt many iPhone users were miffed when back in 2016, Apple chose to ditch the headphone jack. The production however, has not been started.

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