Details on new AirPods and Apple over-ear headphones leak out

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Apple AirPods hands-on video

Apple AirPods are a popular option for consumers in the market for Bluetooth headphones, and today details on Apple’s next pair of AirPods have leaked.

Apple is prepping a new version of AirPods that’ll offer noise cancellation, better range, and water resistance, according to sources speaking to Bloomberg. The water resistance will be meant to protect against rain and sweat, though, so don’t think that you’ll be able to swim in these earbuds.

These new AirPods are said to be coming in 2019 and will probably cost more than the current model, which is priced at $159. Before then, Apple is reportedly planning to update AirPods with a new chip and hands-free Siri support in 2018.

Also said to be in the works at Apple are over-ear headphones. Details on these cans are light, but it’s said that the headphones will be higher-end than Apple’s Beats headphones and that they could launch in 2019.

Apple’s AirPods have become a popular accessory for iPhone owners thanks to their ease of use and quick pairing with Apple’s smartphone, so it’s no surprise to hear that new models are coming. High-end over-ear headphones also make sense, especially if they can offer noise cancellation to compete with Bose Quiet Comfort headphones, which are popular among frequent flyers. 

Today’s report also suggests that Apple is working on a new version of its HomePod smart speaker. Details on this upgrade are light, but it’s said that the device could launch in 2019.



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