Apple plans to launch new high-end audio devices

Kelley Robertson
June 26, 2018

Finally, the Bloomberg report claims that there is potentially a new HomePod smart speaker on the way.

Retail is expected to be more than the current $159 Apple charges for the existing Airpods.

Those same sources added that Apple is putting together AirPods with water resistance (mainly against rain or sweat, not for swimming or anything like that) and noise-cancellation.

As for the new over-ear headphones, production is yet to start but they are meant to be comparable to "pricey models from Bose Corp. and Sennheiser".

We could see new AirPods as early as next year. Last year "Other Products" which include AirPods, Apple TV, Apple Watch and Beats accounted for a staggering $12 billion sales for the Cupertino-based company.

While none of this is unexpected as such, the timescales may be of note. They asked not to be identified talking about unreleased products. Likewise, depending on when the second-generation AirPods debut it is possible the third-generation may not have been originally anticipated until 2020. Apple is even considering adding biometric sensors – like a heart rate monitor – to future models. A wireless charging case compatible with the upcoming AirPower charger is also reportedly in development. Apple already stocks the Beats Studio 3 over-ear headphones. These will be put out under Apple, rather than Beats, branding.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Thus far, the company has used Inventec and Luxshare Precision for manufacturing but it has struggled to meet demand. The rumored models would be Apple-branded, offered as a more premium option.

Apple is set to revamp its audio lineup as soon as 2019 according to a new report by the oft-reliable Mark Gurman over at Bloomberg.

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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