Apple's working on noise-canceling AirPods, over-ear headphones

Report Apple is working on noise-canceling Air Pods and over-ear headphones

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

The company is working on new AirPods with noise-cancellation and water resistance, the people said. Apple is even considering adding biometric sensors – like a heart rate monitor – to future models.

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.

The AirPods get an upgrade in a few ways.

So if Apple could combine the HomePod's sound quality with a pair of headphones with the W1 chip built in, we'll be very excited to hear the results.

For the AirPods, Apple could release two models next year: One would be a refreshed version of its current $159 (£159) model, while the other would be a slightly pricier iteration.

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So says Bloomberg, which reports that an upgraded version of Apple's AirPods - the firm's toothbrush-head-alike wireless earphones - will arrive next year with added noise cancellation and a longer wireless range.

Apple is also working on a wireless charging case for the AirPods that would be compatible with its yet-to-be-released AirPower charging mat.

Apple's all set to shake up its audio portfolio with updated AirPods, a revamped HomePod, and over-ear headphones.

When Apple launched AirPods in 2016, the earbuds went on sale with limited supply following a delay.

Apple originally meant to introduce the headphones by the end of 2018, but faced development challenges and was targeting a launch in 2019, the people said. Described as a "higher-end alternative to the company's Beats line", the no doubt costly Apple-branded audio accessories should compete against similarly premium Bose or Sennheiser products. Bloomberg notes that Apple has already made such a move in the past, expanding production of the HomePod with Inventec to Foxconn. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. Bloomberg's report offers up nearly no information, saying only that a refresh is in the works and that Apple may move away from Inventec for production. It's possible that Apple could switch away from Inventec for the new model.

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