Apple is developing high-end AirPods, two other enhanced audio accessories

Isaac Cain
June 26, 2018

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. The report says the upgraded AirPods won't be totally swim-proof and that Apple is working to improve their wireless range.

The over-ear headphones are a different model.

Apple is planning to launch studio-quality over-ear headphones as well, in order to compete with Bose and Sennheiser as a higher-end alternative to the Beats line, reported Bloomberg. Apple is said to be looking into including a heart-rate monitor and other biometric sensors with future AirPods as well. It's hard to get that much expertise in audio engineering in one place, even when you've got Apple's giant pile of money, and Apple may be relying on their name and the fact that you have to use wireless headphones or that very bad dongle with your iPhone.

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.

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A new HomePod is also coming in early 2019, according to Bloomberg's sources, although it's unclear how it'll differ from the current, er, unpopular model. While it was initially believed that Apple would start marketing all of its audio products under the Beats brand, it has turned out to be the opposite.

Apple may launch another version of the HomePod by next year.

It doesn't include any details about the product's price or features, however. Beats now sells a pair of noise-cancelling headphones at a list price of $350, so it seems safe to expect any Apple-branded pair to be fairly expensive.

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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