Apple could introduce premium AirPods and over-ear headphones in 2019

Apple could introduce premium AirPods and over-ear headphones in 2019
Current-generation Apple AirPods

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is reportedly preparing various new audio devices for release in 2019 that will further increase the Silicon Valley-based brand’s presence in the market.

Following the unveiling of the AirPods back in September of 2016, Apple is understood to be preparing a new iteration that will be sold alongside the current-generation pair and will act as a more premium offering, thus signaling a higher price tag. In order to justify the increase in price, though, the company is reportedly looking towards the inclusion of support for noise-cancellation and the introduction of water resistance. Furthermore, Apple is said to be trying to increase the range at which AirPods can be used away from a connected device and is currently researching the possibility of a built-in heart-rate monitor. When it comes to the near future, however, an updated pair of the current earphones that will incorporate a new sound chip and hands-free Siri activation should arrive later this year, possibly alongside the new iPhone lineup.

Aside from the premium AirPods, the company is also said to be working on its first pair of over-ear headphones that will make use of the Apple's dedicated chips and will sit above its Beats-branded lineup when it comes to pricing. Moreover, it’s revealed that Apple is already preparing a successor to this year’s HomePod which will likely launch alongside the other audio products next year.

Presently, Apple is yet to finalize any manufacturing deals for its new audio products, but the brand’s over-ear headphones are expected to be made by Tymphany which specializes in consumer audio systems, although a deal is yet to be agreed upon. Moreover, in terms of the new HomePod and AirPods, these are expected to be manufactured primarily by Foxconn due to previous supply problems that resulted from Apple’s partnership with Inventec. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that the latter company has recently met up with Apple in a bid to secure future orders.

source: Bloomberg

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41 Comments

5. shiv179

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Hope the audio quality is improved too!

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Should be. Over-ear drivers are usually much more dynamic in terms of sound quality. I haven't bought a pair of Airpods yet because of how they sound, even though people REALLY love them.

10. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

The Airpods use the same audio components as the Earpods, which is literally the free throwaway earbuds that you get for free with your smartphone, so it's not surprising they have a very dissapointing sound quality. If Beats (Apple owned) is any indication of what you should expect, then Apple's headphones are going to be very dissapointing in both sound quality and build quality, while also being overpriced. Those the kind of things that Beats are famous for. "even though people REALLY love them." Some people love them, while others hate them. It's ridiculous for you to say that everyone loves them.

15. midan

Posts: 2681; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"If Beats (Apple owned) is any indication of what you should expect from Apple's headphones, then people are in a for dissapointment" Why? Most of them will be perfectly satisfied, not many people are audiophiles. Those who are can buy something else. You know most of iPhone users use only their earpods or AirPods with their iPhones and are perfectly happy with the sound. I think you have lost the reality, it shows in your smartphone talk and now it shows in your audio talk. Next you propably say everyone else are disappointed with their TV than people who own QLED or OLED tv, because quality is so bad.

19. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

"Why? Most of them will be perfectly satisfied, not many people are audiophiles. Those who are can buy something else." Most people would be satisfied with eating crap if they hadn't ever tried anything else. Some people are "fine" with the earphones you get with your smartphone, as they have never tried anything better, so they have nothing to compare it to. You need a point of reference. Furthermore, if people are perfectly happy with the type of sound quality they get from the earpods/Airpods, then why not buy something that is much cheaper and provides exactly the same sound quality? The Airpods has pretty horrid sound quality for the price, so you can easily get something wireless that sounds much better for the exact same price. "I think you have lost the reality, it shows in your smartphone talk and now it shows in your audio talk." Not really, but i'm open to other options than a single brand, unlike an Apple fanboy like you, who is simply content with everything Apple makes, because it's made by Apple. People should actually go beyond Apple, if they want to buy a pair of nice headphones/IEMs, as you can get much better products for the same price as something like the Airpods. "Next you propably say everyone else are disappointed with their TV than people who own QLED or OLED tv, because quality is so bad." Once again, it's all about having a point of reference. If people haven't ever experienced anything better than their own TV, then they aren't dissapointed at all, but if they have ever experienced an OLED TV, then they obviously know that there is something better out there. That doesn't mean they're dissapointed tho. They're just aware and more knowledgable as consumers.

21. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Jesus Christ, would you give it a rest Techie? Do you simply not know how to summarize your hatred of Apple?

24. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Would you give it a rest with the insults because you lack the capacity to actual participate in the discussion? You can't counter anything i said, so personal insults is all you have. This isn't hatred at all, but your comment is showcasing hatred perfectly. Objectively speaking the Airpods doesn't have great sound quality and you could find much better products for the price. If you can't deal with people daring to say that Apple isn't the best in the world, then that's just tough for you.

27. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

My previous comment LITERALLY says I'm not buying them because of sound quality. Guess you aren't great at reading comprehension on top of summarizing.

30. midan

Posts: 2681; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Objectively speaking the Airpods doesn't have great sound quality and you could find much better products for the price." What are those then? I've read many wireless earpods reviews and comparison and AirPods have won them or the other option have been higher price.

38. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1365; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I've read several reviews of wireless earphones and quite a few beat the the Airpods in sound quality, some reviews are even pretty brutal from audiophiles about Airpods. I personally love my Sennheiser Momentum earphones, crisp, clear and just amazing sound.

29. midan

Posts: 2681; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"The Airpods has pretty horrid sound quality for the price, so you can easily get something wireless that sounds much better for the exact same price." Sure sure.. maybe you should read this audiophile reviewhttps://www.theverge.com/2018/3/19/17138258/apple-airpods-audiophile-review-wireless-headphones "I say the AirPods aren’t technically amazing, but that’s only when comparing against existing standards for sound quality. In the category of truly wireless earbuds, the AirPods are the best I’ve yet heard. Bragi’s The Headphone and Dash Pro left me underwhelmed, with the latter being especially bloated and disfigured by an overabundance of bass. At CES this year, Jabra introduced the Elite 65t, which sound good, but I can’t listen to them for longer than 15 seconds without the wireless connection dropping out. Apple’s AirPods design, which I initially ridiculed, is actually the best and most functional one available for truly wireless buds today. Because Apple moved the Bluetooth electronics and batteries to the stem, it was able to use the full cavity of each bud for sound reproduction. That’s how the AirPods reproduce a wider soundstage than most Bluetooth earbuds without being any thicker or protruding from the ear. For a counterexample, you can try listening to the Jaybird X3s, which are very well tuned, but everything inside them sounds condensed like a closed accordion because of how close the sound driver is to the listener’s ear. Apple’s design compromise, extending that stem down toward the face, is simply the most optimal one we have at the present time. Yes, the AirPods are designed for function first, in spite of their stylized appearance."

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 2002; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I’ve had the AirPods since they first came out and love them, though it’d be nice if different colors were available. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Apples comes up with for over the ear headphones.

11. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

If Beats (Apple owned) is any indication of what you should expect from Apple's headphones, then people are in a for dissapointment. Beats are famous for having poor sound quality and build quality, while also being overpriced. There is a reason that people who actually care about quality (audiophiles) shy away from Beats as much as humanly possible. I'm not overly hopeful, and i haven't seen any reason as to why people should be, considering what Apple (Beats) has done so far within the headphone game. I think you're much better of actually being headphones from a reputable and respected audio brand.

12. S4NDY

Posts: 231; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

so more overpriced plastic tampons in coming, now i love more my Freebuds by huawei.

26. surethom

Posts: 1661; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Current airpods style just need rubber coating then they may stick in my ears.

28. japkoslav

Posts: 1496; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Apple and "premium" headphones :-D sounds like a joke.

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