Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Apple working on noise cancelling AirPods, over the ear headphones

Apple working on noise cancelling AirPods, over the ear headphones

Apple is also looking to increase the distance that AirPods can function away from an iPhone or iPad, the news service reported.

In any event, Bloomberg says these upgraded AirPods are expected to cost more than the existing pair, which go for $159, but will likely live alongside them as an upgraded model rather than a full-on replacement. In their effort to add multiple uses to pretty much all their products, they've also reportedly had internal discussions to add fitness-related components to the pods including biometric sensors, like a heart rate monitor. They'll be positioned as a higher-end alternative to the popular Beats Solo3 headphones, and they won't carry Beats branding. They were originally scheduled to arrive by the end of 2018 but development challenges pushed back release. The new AirPods will reportedly be pricier than their predecessor, potentially segmenting the AirPods line into two models, and is increasing its reliance on contract manufacturer Foxconn to improve production of the AirPods. Apple already stocks the Beats Studio 3 over-ear headphones. Its water resistant is meant to combat rain and perspiration, not become suitable for swimming.

Why it matters: Mobile accessories are an important part of the overall consumer electronics ecosystem and a solid source of revenue, especially for Apple as iPhone unit growth slows.

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There are over-ear headphones coming from Apple, too.

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

Inventec executives met with Apple executives in California in recent weeks to discuss future HomePod orders, but a final decision on working with Inventec on the new model hasn't been made, the people said. Now, the company is building on that expertise and knowledge and seems to be expanding its audio product lineup to cater to a wider range of audience. The original version of the earbuds faced a delay after it first debuted in 2016.

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