Apple is working on noise-canceling AirPods and over-ear headphones

Apple is working on noise-canceling AirPods and over-ear headphones

Apple is working on noise-canceling AirPods and over-ear headphones

According to the report, the next-generation earbuds are set to feature noise cancellation technology and will provide water resistance. Apple is said to be dealing with Tymphany, the audio subsidiary of computer peripheral manufacturer Primax Electronics, to produce the new model.

Apple is planning to unveil new high-end AirPods, a new HomePod, and new studio quality over-ear headphones next year, reports Bloomberg. On top of those features, the upcoming AirPods will also likely come with biometric sensors as part of Apple's broader effort to grow its health-related hardware products. It's hard to get that much expertise in audio engineering in one place, even when you've got Apple's giant pile of money, and Apple may be relying on their name and the fact that you have to use wireless headphones or that terrible dongle with your iPhone. That's according to a new report by Bloomberg, which cites sources privy to Apple's plans. Despite this new improved AirPods, Apple will launch a refreshed new AirPods as an upgrade to the existing model later this year with an upgraded wireless chip and hands-free Siri activation. Don't expect the pricing to be on the cheap side though, with them likely to be placed as a "higher-end alternative to the company's Beats line". Apple is trying to increase the range that AirPods can work away from an iPhone or iPad, one of the people said. These will be put out under Apple, rather than Beats, branding. Unfortunately, there are no details about what features it might boast.

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A new version of the HomePod speaker is also under development, sources say. Apple continues to develop and produce audio products under its own brand name, which are sold alongside Beats products.

Finally, the Bloomberg report claims that there is potentially a new HomePod smart speaker on the way. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

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