Apple is working on high-end headphones to compete with Bose

Joshua Bennett
June 28, 2018

Talking about the AirPods first, these wireless earphones will be able to feature noise-cancellation and water-resistance.

If a new report is to be believed, Apple could be introducing a more advanced AirPods next year, alongside the next-generation HomePod and an all-new over-ear headphones. Apple might be working with Tymphany for the new over-the-ear headphones. Though water-resistant, the earbuds aren't intended for mixing swimming and music listening, if that would even be possible.

Apple is going to release an updated version of the AirPods in 2019 with new features.

As a possible point of reference, Apple's latest iPhones now feature an IP67 rating for water resistance.

Slated for 2019, the earbuds were likely to cost more than the existing $159 pair, and that could push Apple to segment the product line like it did with iPhones, the people said. The brand is said to be developing a wireless charging case which will be compatible with the AirPower charger, although the latter is reportedly still facing issues. Until now, it has only worked with Inventec and Luxshare Precision Industry Co.

They're not ideal, but for a first generation product, they're pretty good.

The new over ear headphones are specifically created to compete with Sennheiser and top end audio brands. An in-house audio product team is run by Gary Geaves, formerly an engineer from B&W, a maker of speaker systems and headphones. This particular model is expected to arrive later this year. However, "development challenges" pushed it into the new year. The current HomePod was built with Inventec but production has since expanded to Foxconn.

None of these products are expected to launch before the 2018 holiday shopping season.

Apple is rumored to upgrade its headphone lineup next year with a new noise canceling AirPods headphones and an over-the-ear headset. These could be announced as early as September. It remains a mystery as to how good these headphones will sound or what they might look like, but we'll probably know more in the coming months.

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