According to a new report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, the iPhone maker is working on an upgraded model of its AirPods earbuds, a new model of its HomePod speaker, and a new pair of over-the-ear noise-cancelling headphones, all of which could arrive next year.
The latest report corroborates that rumor but says the latter model will also feature noise cancellation. 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 very bad dongle with your iPhone.
Nothing has been confirmed by Apple, but with a 2019 release date rumoured we've got our fingers crossed for a reveal at Apple's traditional September iPhone launch event.
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. Unfortunately, it might not be possible to give them Ingress Protection, but it means that they will be able to keep out water from light rain and perspiration.
Apple is moving into the premium sound market with a new range of top end headphones claim insiders.
Slated for 2019, the earbuds will likely cost more than the existing $159 pair, and that could push Apple to segment the product line like it does with iPhones, one of the people said.
Interestingly, Apple owns the Beats audio brand, which also produces various personal audio products including headphones, earphones and wireless speakers. Originally, this product was expected to launch before the end of the year.
Nevertheless, the AirPods sequel that will come out later this year will only have a new chip and support for hands-free Siri activation. There will be premium AirPods, Apples first over the ear headphones and a new generation of HomePod. Apple is also working on its promised wireless charging case that's compatible with the AirPower charging mat. They'll utilize Apple branding and be positioned as a higher-end alternative to the company's Beats line. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.
In addition, Apple will also be updating the HomePod sometime next year.