Apple is developing high-end AirPods, two other enhanced audio accessories

Bloomberg: Premium AirPods, next-gen HomePod and new over-ear Apple headphones coming in 2019

Apple is planning to release higher-end AirPods, studio-quality over-the-ear headphones, and a new HomePod smart speaker in 2019.

The new, premium AirPods are believed to be water-resistant (unfortunately for lovers of water sports, not waterproof) and have noise-canceling functionality.

On top of the over-ear headphones, Apple is also supposedly developing higher-end AirPods featuring noise-cancellation system, with the Cupertino giant reportedly considering Cirrus Logic to provide that capability for the next-generation earbuds. In the future, Apple may also add a heart-rate monitor and other health-tracking sensors. The new earbuds will likely cost more than the current $159, according to Bloomberg. The report has a new HomePod, updated high-end AirPods, and all-new over-ear headphones shipping at some point in 2019.

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.

We could see new AirPods as early as next year.

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

Apple has increasingly turned to pricey audio accessories to boost revenue and profit.

Apple did not immediately reply to a request for comment. First, Apple is said to be working on own-brand over-ear wireless headphones.

Apple is reportedly working on a trio of improved audio products that'll take existing offerings to the next level. Not much is known about this product aside from the possibility that Apple will shift development from Inventec to Foxconn. Specifics as far as the release schedule weren't offered in the report, but it's possible that Apple itself doesn't know exactly when the new products will be ready. Bloomberg says that Apple is shifting some production away from Inventec on both the HomePod and AirPods. An Inventec spokeswoman said the company "will try its best to secure new orders".



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