Apple is working on noise-canceling AirPods and over-ear headphones

Apple is working on noise-canceling AirPods and over-ear headphones

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According to reports, 2019 could see Apple unveil a high-end version of its popular Airpods as well as a studio-quality, over-ear headphones.

The new AirPods will feature noise cancellation and will be water resistant (sweat/rain, not for swimming).

Starting things off with the AirPods, Bloomberg's report has the third-generation device costing more than the current $159 option, leading Apple to offer a two-tier approach for the AirPods.

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.

Leave your thoughts on whether you would cop higher-end Airpods in the comments.

Why it matters: Mobile accessories are an important part of the overall consumer electronics ecosystem and a solid source of revenue, especially for Apple as iPhone unit growth slows. Future AirPods could add biometric sensors like a heart rate monitor. A wireless charging case is apparently in the works, too, to go along with the long-rumored and conspicuously absent AirPower charger.

Apple reportedly wanted to launch the headphones by the end of 2018 but development challenges have pushed the product back to early 2019. It does say, however, that Apple is expanding its partnership with Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn-which manufactures the bulk of Apple's iPhones-to boost production of its future audio devices. While those products include new models of the Apple TV and Apple Watch, and while Apple has not broken out specific sales figures for the AirPods and HomePod, the company appears eager to make a bigger impression on the audio world in the coming months. An in-house audio-product team is run by Gary Geaves, formerly an engineer from B&W Group Ltd., a maker of speaker systems and headphones.

Apple debuted its wireless earbuds in December 2016.

  • Terrell Bush