Wireless Apple-branded headphones might be launched this year

Wireless Apple-branded headphones might be launched this year

Apple is reportedly working on a pair of own-branded high-end headphones that could be released before the end of 2018. According toBloomberg and people familiar with the matter, these new headphones shouldbring features like noise cancellation and wireless connectivity, being Apple’sfirst own-branded over the ear headphones (but not the first Apple-brandedwireless earphones, since we already have the in-ear AirPods, launched in late 2016).


For now, it’s unclear how Apple intends to differentiatethese new headphones from the wireless models that the company is alreadyselling under the Beats brand - including the Beats Studio3 (pictured above, currentlycosting $349), or the Beats Solo3 ($299). In any case, Bloomberg’s report is echoinga previous note from reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who also mentioned that new Apple-branded headphones could arrive this year.


Bloomberg has it that Apple may have not decided on the headphones’ final design yet. Furthermore, it’s said that the company might encounter unspecified developmentissues that would force it to delay the headphones to 2019, or even tocancel their launch altogether.


Later in 2018, Apple is also expected to release second-generation AirPods(with a splash-resistant design and enhanced Siri integration). We’recertainly looking forward to seeing what new music-oriented products the company has been working on lately.


source: Bloomberg



1. gamehead unregistered

Hopefully it's better than the HomePod

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They will be better because these new Apple branded headphones will be exclusive. So they will only support Apple products, and only Apple products. That makes them revolutionary, because people who buy and use them will have the headphones for the extra money. Even if they are not the best. People will feel like they have to praise them to justify the extra money, and being further locked into Apples clutches. The sheeple will love them.

12. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

Why should they even be compatible with other products? Apple's smartphone share is huge, so there's a lot of people who are gonna buy them.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Then they will be great for you and some others, especially to help Apple lock more people into their ecosystem. Hey if that's what you want, then go for it. But there is no reason, especially if the price will be the same or higher than other headphones. Which btw those other headphones support noise cancellation, multiple platforms, wireless, and wired, and more features. Can you not see that if you buy these products from Apple, then you are only helping them lock you and others in further?

23. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

I dont feel locked at all, I enjoy all my products working and connecting between each other seamlessly, which can't be said for other manufacturers.

19. gamehead unregistered

For one second I thought you were serious


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

So crappy Beats headphones with Apple logo on it?

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6836; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Don't forget the jacked up price to justify that shiny new Apple sticker. People will notice the sound quality after seeing the new logo.

14. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Might be beats by Dre, but tuned by Apple same as Samsung Super Amoled on iPhone X that calibrate by Apple and I think you know the result.

15. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

By the way Samsung AKG headphones cost 190$ if you don’t know.

18. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

AKG is a company that has been around for more than half a century and they are actually experts in audio reproduction, unlike beats.

20. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

You guys just heat Apple for every thing they did for no reason if beats that bad Apple shouldn’t bought it and should've bought AKG aka mark levinson instated of Samsung.

21. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I don't hate Apple, I just don't like it. Apple wants something with a show off factor...and what other brand than Beats has that? Or it might as well be skullcandy (but I don't think they would've purchased it). They're like synonyms of each other.

3. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

Apple branded 500-600$ headphones ... My sony is much better for price.

7. RevolutionA

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Way to go.... Apple all the way.... Best upcoming headphones in the market!

22. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Haha so funny

4. japkoslav

Posts: 1520; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Let us all hope for the first decent Apple headphones. + after Homepods Let us all hope for features that work when they release the product on a market. No beta or "not yet available" features! Like mono headphones, wait year later for stereo, you know the drill.

5. hpspectrex360

Posts: 57; Member since: May 10, 2017

I'm curious to see how they differentiate it from the Beats Studio headphones, since they also have the W1 chip. Maybe a more realistic sound signature?

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I can only imagine the integration with iOS to be the only compelling feature. SQ will be decent as enough for most listeners but the price will surely be horrendous and they will try to make it not compatible with other devices

9. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Just rebadged beats no doubt

13. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Wouldnt change my Beyerdynamic for 10 pairs of anything headphone branded Apple or Beats.

17. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Apple Airbeats coming to a store near you.

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