Apple’s high-end headphones may ship in 2019

Bloomberg: Premium AirPods, next-gen HomePod and new over-ear Apple headphones coming in 2019

Bloomberg: Premium AirPods, next-gen HomePod and new over-ear Apple headphones coming in 2019

Bloomberg reports that in 2019, Apple will release higher-end AirPods, likely more expensive than the current $159 AirPods model, "studio-quality" over-ear headphones and a second-generation HomePod. The Cupertino, California-based company is working on new AirPods with noise-cancellation and water resistance, the people said. The premium headphones will compete with offerings from Bose and Sennheiser and carry the Apple branding.

We've always been largely unimpressed with the quality of Apple's EarPods headphones, and were hoping to see a dramatic improvement in their standard following Apple's acquisition of Beats in 2014. However, production hasn't started, and design and technology partnerships for the product haven't been finalized. Specifics as far as the release schedule weren't offered in the report, but it's possible that Apple itself doesn't know exactly when the new products will be ready.

Bloomberg notes that Apple, which you might remember already owns its own headphone company, is going to get big into the headphone game. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

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Striker Jesus said the side did not need to change too much for their next game. Petersburg while Switzerland takes on Serbia in Kaliningrad.

On the one hand, Apple's Amazon Echo competitor, the HomePod, was delayed quite a bit following its announcement.

The report mentions that Apple is working on a follow-up to its HomePod speaker as well, but it does not mention any details about the device beyond the fact that it may arrive "as early as next year". It was originally built with Inventec, but Apple has since expanded production to Foxconn.

A new version of the HomePod speaker is also under development, sources say.

For the over-ear headphones, Apple has discussed working with Tymphany, a Primax Electronics Ltd. subsidiary that makes consumer and professional audio systems, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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