Today's report details that Apple's high-end AirPods will feature noise-cancellation and water resistance, though the latter is only good enough to offer protection against rain and sweat. Apple is apparently also trying to increase the range of these next-generation premium AirPods so that they can stay connected even further away from an iPhone or iPad. The new earbuds will likely cost more than the current $159, according to Bloomberg. The report also suggests that the standard AirPods will be updated soon with a new chip and the ability to use Siri hands-free, which will be... alright, I guess.
Apple reportedly wanted to launch the headphones by the end of 2018 but development challenges have pushed the product back to early 2019. Executives from hardware maker Inventec Corp.
Apple plans to ramp up AirPods production by working with Foxconn, people familiar with the arrangement said.
There are over-ear headphones coming from Apple, too. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.
Apple may be stepping up its sound game. They will allegedly sit above the Beats headphones sold by Apple. Apple is reportedly in talks with audio systems manufacturer Tymphany for the over-ear headphones, though both companies have yet to close any deal, according to the report. Thus far, the company has used Inventec and Luxshare Precision for manufacturing but it has struggled to meet demand. When the earbuds first came out in 2016, they were delayed, and there was limited supply after the product finally went on sale.
Reports of new Apple audio gear have circulated for a few months now.
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. An Inventec spokeswoman said the company "will try its best to secure new orders". The production however, has not been started.