Apple launching new AirPods, HomePod in 2019

Apple launching new AirPods, HomePod in 2019

The over-ear headphones are expected to compete with models from Bose and Sennheiser. A new report claims that Apple is also developing a new set of wireless AirPods which will feature noise cancellation.

Apple is rumored to upgrade its headphone lineup next year with a new noise canceling AirPods headphones and an over-the-ear headset.

That product could be released as soon as the end of this year, Bloomberg said.

There might also be the possibility of adding biometric sensors to upcoming AirPods, including a heart rate monitor, to further strengthen Apple's health-related products.Of course, with these new features, it's likely that the AirPods will cost more than they do now ($159).

Rumors have circulated for months that Apple is looking to revamp its line of AirPods. We don't know much about these, but Bloomberg's sources say that they'll be Apple-branded.

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Apple acquired popular audio peripheral brand Beats in 2014, but the tech giant did not introduce any new over-the-ear headsets under the Apple brand.

They're surprisingly good at staying put within your ear, and the battery life is commendable.

The price of the new AirPods have not revealed, but it is likely to increase. Bloomberg described the device as a "higher-end alternative to the company's Beats line", but otherwise didn't give any new details on features that could be coming to the headphones. The wireless earbuds are powered by Apple's W1 SoC, provide decent audio quality, and allow you to access the Siri digital assistant without pulling out your iPhone. It won't enable users to swim with the next-generation AirPods. The original HomePod was supposed to be released to consumers in December 2017 but was delayed until early this year.

The HomePod, another product that was plagued with delays, is also expected to get a refresh. Apple said Other Products revenue was up 38% year-over-year in its second quarter, reaching almost $4 billion in total revenue for the period. The new AirPods, HomePod, and headphones could be released as early as 2019, though no specific timeline has yet been reported.

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