Apple rumored to launch high-end AirPods, over-ear headphones next year

AirPods are reportedly getting an upgrade

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APPLE IS REPORTEDLY PLANNING to unveil "higher-end" AirPods and a new HomePod speaker in early 2019.

The downside is that the new noise-cancellation and mildly water resistance headphones will not be available till next year according to Bloomberg.

Previous reports have claimed the headphones would feature noise cancellation and an all-new design, challenging models now available in the $350 Dollars to $500 price range. A new report coming from Bloomberg now talks about a couple of new features that one can expect from the upcoming wireless earphones.

Apple's AirPods did not exactly wow the world when they arrived - not least because, come on, pay the licensing fee and call them "AirBuds". Apple is trying to increase the range that AirPods can work away from an iPhone or iPad.

When Apple launched AirPods in 2016, the earbuds went on sale with limited supply following a delay.

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In a similar way to how Siri is beckoned on iPhones, users will be able to say "Hey Siri" to activate the function. The company also advertises Class 1 Bluetooth radios for newer Beats headphones such as the BeatsX, allowing connections from farther distances. However, production hasn't started, and design and technology partnerships for the product haven't been finalized.

The over-ear headphones are expected to compete with models from Bose and Sennheiser. In addition, the company is working on wireless case charger headphone that will be compatible with the charger AirPower. That's according to a new report by Bloomberg, which cites sources privy to Apple's plans.

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

Apple reportedly wanted to launch the headphones by the end of 2018 but development challenges have pushed the product back to early 2019.

Apple did not immediately reply to a request for comment. They are said to offer improved sound quality. Two years later, Apple bought headphone maker and streaming-music company Beats for $3bn, its largest acquisition.

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