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Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Apple plans new, improved AirPods, HomePod and over-ear headphones

Apple plans new, improved AirPods, HomePod and over-ear headphones

They'll be water resistant (to rain and sweat - not full submersion), noise cancellation, and they'll have increased range from iPhones and iPads.

As previously reported by Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is also developing a pair of Apple-branded over-ear headphones.

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

Leave your thoughts on whether you would cop higher-end Airpods in the comments. The current AirPods will be refreshed later this year with a new chip and support for hands-free Siri activation, Bloomberg News reported. Two years later, Apple bought headphone maker and streaming-music company Beats for $3 billion, its largest acquisition. 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. A wireless charging case is apparently in the works, too, to go along with the long-rumored and conspicuously absent AirPower charger.

Since none of these products have yet been announced, there's a chance they might not wind up being released in 2019, and could be pushed back further (or not released at all.) Still, from the sound of things, Apple has some pretty exciting new audiophile technology in the works. The report has a new HomePod, updated high-end AirPods, and all-new over-ear headphones shipping at some point in 2019. This would turn the AirPods into a health wearable in addition to an audio product. The report says Apple is looking to shift production orders from Inventec to Foxconn in order to raise yields. First, Apple is said to be working on own-brand over-ear wireless headphones. Bloomberg says that Apple is shifting some production away from Inventec on both the HomePod and AirPods.

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.

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