Apple poised to release new AirPods come 2019 | Digital

Apple poised to release new AirPods come 2019 | Digital

Apple poised to release new AirPods come 2019 | Digital

The new earbuds would tout better noise-cancellation and water resistance against rain and sweat. While already impressive, Apple is looking to further improve the connectivity of the AirPods so that they are able to talk to the paired iPhone or iPad over a longer distance.

This would mean an update to the existing AirPods this year, as well as introduction of two new premium audio offerings - "AirPods Pro" and the over-ear headphones in early 2019 if timelines don't slip. Apple is also mulling adding biometric sensors like a heart-rate monitor to the AirPods, though it is unclear if it has chose to go through with them or not. They'll be positioned as a higher-end alternative to the popular Beats Solo3 headphones, and they won't carry Beats branding.

Apples development of the HomePod wasnt a smooth ride either, but theres a new version coming early next year. Executives from hardware maker Inventec Corp.

New headphones and a HomePod, too? An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

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Reports of new Apple audio gear have circulated for a few months now.

Why it matters: Mobile accessories are an important part of the overall consumer electronics ecosystem and a solid source of revenue, especially for Apple as iPhone unit growth slows. Beats now sells a pair of noise-cancelling headphones at a list price of $350, so it seems safe to expect any Apple-branded pair to be fairly expensive. This would turn the AirPods into a health wearable in addition to an audio product.

Apple debuted its wireless earbuds in December 2016.

Apple's latest music-focused device, the HomePod, was also delayed, and has seen sluggish sales so far - although reviewers praised the sound quality. It intends to expand its partnership with Foxconn and reduce reliance on its smaller vendors like Inventec. It's possible that Apple could switch away from Inventec for the new model. The production however, has not been started.

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