Apple to release new AirPods, HomePod, over-ear headphones in 2019?

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Apple is said to be dealing with Tymphany, the audio subsidiary of computer peripheral manufacturer Primax Electronics, to produce the new model.

As it stands now, AirPods cost $159 in the U.S. The new, rumored pair of in-ear wireless headphones will likely cost more, allowing Apple to price AirPods the same way it prices iPhones, offering a more expensive high-end model and a low-end model like the iPhone SE. These will be put out under Apple, rather than Beats, branding.

The latest report corroborates that rumor but says the latter model will also feature noise cancellation.

There are lots more details about Apple's audio strategy in Bloomberg.

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According to a new report from Bloomberg, the new AirPods will be noise canceling and water resistant enough to combat rain and perspiration.

Apple is also said to be internally thinking about adding biometric sensors for new AirPods, including a heart-rate monitor. The original version of the earbuds faced a delay after it first debuted in 2016. Apple's existing AirPods are also set for a refresh later this year which will bring a new chip, hands-free Siri activation, and an optional wireless charging case.

Apple is planning to launch studio-quality over-ear headphones as well, in order to compete with Bose and Sennheiser as a higher-end alternative to the Beats line, reported Bloomberg. These were supposed to come out later this year, but they ran into issues and the release was pushed back to early next year.

Finally, the Bloomberg report claims that there is potentially a new HomePod smart speaker on the way. The report says the upgraded AirPods won't be totally swim-proof and that Apple is working to improve their wireless range.

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