Apple to release noise-cancelling AirPods and the HomePod 2.0

28 June, 2018, 05:14 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Higher-end AirPods and a new HomePod could arrive alongside a pair of over-ear headphones next year, according to Bloomberg sources.

The upgraded AirPods will replace the existing AirPods with noise cancellation features as well as a water-resistant technology.

The "high-end" or pro version of the AirPods could come with noise cancellation, a feature not not yet mastered by those making truly wireless earphones.

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The firm could also add more biometric sensors to the AirPods, that would allow for similar heart-rate monitoring used on the Apple Watch. Instead, the report says that Apple recently met with manufacturers Inventec, who built the first generation, but may not work on the HomePod 2.0.

The improved AirPods are tipped to cost more than the current AirPods, which are now priced at £159, and will come with a wireless charging case that should work with Apple's delayed AirPower charger. However, users won't be able to swim wearing them. Now, over a decade later, it looks as though Apple's focus is back on bringing sound to its fans, this time through headphones. "It is very likely that the headphones will be more expensive $159 for the current model, and this may mean that Apple will throw AirPods on segments, as it did with the iPhone", writes Bloomberg. Originally, this product was expected to launch before the end of the year. Apple is also working on a wireless charging case that's compatible with the upcoming AirPower charger. This morning, Bloomberg reported that the company plans to double down with a set of new devices that could launch as early as next year. Apple plans to remedy this issue by shaking up its supply chain. While Apple already owns and sells over-ear headphones from Beats, this pair would feature Apple's own branding, and serve as "a higher-end alternative" to the Beats headphones, which already cost between $300 and $350. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. Two years later, Apple bought headphone maker and streaming-music company Beats for $3bn, its largest acquisition.

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