Apple will upgrade AirPods and release over-head

Laverne Mann
June 26, 2018

The new AirPods will be noise canceling and water resistant enough to combat rain and perspiration, sources familiar with the products told Bloomberg on Monday.

On top of the over-ear headphones, Apple is also supposedly developing higher-end AirPods featuring noise-cancellation system, with the Cupertino giant reportedly considering Cirrus Logic to provide that capability for the next-generation earbuds.

Citing sources, the report says that the team has internally discussed on adding a heart-rate sensor in Airpods to expand the health-based offerings it has to offer beyond the watch and the iPhone.

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The over-ear headphones will reportedly have higher sound quality than Apple's Beats line. These were supposed to come out later this year, but they ran into issues and the release was pushed back to early next year. That will most likely mean transitioning the production work for the upcoming models away from Inventec, which built the first HomePod and majority of the first-gen AirPods units. The rumored product may indeed be expected to debut - not anytime this year, though, due to reported development delays - but in 2019 along with a plush version of AirPods and a fresh HomePod. Two years later, Apple bought headphone maker and streaming-music company Beats for $3 billion, its largest acquisition. The report has a new HomePod, updated high-end AirPods, and all-new over-ear headphones shipping at some point in 2019.

Apple has increasingly turned to pricey audio accessories to boost revenue and profit. 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. Now, the company is building on that expertise and knowledge and seems to be expanding its audio product lineup to cater to a wider range of audience. The report says Apple is looking to shift production orders from Inventec to Foxconn in order to raise yields. An Inventec spokeswoman said the company "will try its best to secure new orders".

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