Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

New AirPods, Apple noise-cancelling headphones pegged for 2019

New AirPods, Apple noise-cancelling headphones pegged for 2019

AirPods 2 may still be coming with features like a new chip (likely W2) and support for hands-free Siri activation, notes today's report.

Thanks to the slew of improvements, the high-end AirPods will be priced higher than $159 which Apple charges for the existing AirPods.

The new AirPods will be noise canceling and water resistant enough to combat rain and perspiration, sources familiar with the products told Bloomberg on Monday. Apple is also looking to increase the distance that AirPods can function away from an iPhone or iPad.

Apple is pumping resources in order to release a premium audio lineup that will comprise up of upgraded AirPods, and not surprisingly, over-ear headphones.

Apple appears to be ramping up its audio accessories in a big way.

Citing sources, the report says that the team has internally discussed on adding a heart-rate sensor in Airpods to expand the health-based offerings it has to offer beyond the watch and the iPhone.

It's not clear what new features will come with the second-generation HomePod; there had been some previous rumblings that Apple was considering a HomePod-esque product with a lower price point.

Additionally, Apple is rumored to be working on a wireless charging case that works with the upcoming AirPower charger.

Apple did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Enlarge / Sales of Apple's HomePod speaker have reportedly fallen below expectations. It was originally built with Inventec, but Apple has since expanded production to Foxconn.

Reports of new Apple audio gear have circulated for a few months now.

Not much is known about the other two products in Apple's reported 2019 audio game plan, but studio-quality over-ear headphones could help the company target a certain segment of users that its products aren't effectively reaching now. Production hasn't started, and the deal isn't finalized.

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