New AirPods, Apple noise-cancelling headphones pegged for 2019

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The report says these over-ear headphones will sit alongside Apple's Beats-branded products as a more expensive option for consumers.

Apple is planning to release higher-end AirPods, studio-quality over-the-ear headphones, and a new HomePod smart speaker in 2019. These will be put out under Apple, rather than Beats, branding.

Bloomberg notes that none of these aforementioned deals are finalized, and production has not begun on any of these new audio products.

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The AirPods will supposedly sport a noise-cancelling and water-resistant design, and cost more than the existing pair (which were £160 at launch).

The water resistance is reportedly being added to protect against rain and perspiration, meaning they will still not be able to be used while swimming. The new AirPods will reportedly be pricier than their predecessor. The report also suggests that the standard AirPods will be updated soon with a new chip and the ability to use Siri hands-free, which will be... alright, I guess.

Apple is also working on a new iteration of the HomePod smart speaker following a lackluster sales performance of the original version which was unveiled in June previous year.

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These headphones are created to compete against models from Bose and Sennheiser, according to the report. The original version of the earbuds faced a delay after it first debuted in 2016. They were originally scheduled to arrive by the end of 2018 but development challenges pushed back release. Inventec executives met with Apple in California recently to discuss future orders; however, a decision on whether they will get new HomePod orders has not yet been made.

Additionally, Apple is rumored to be working on a wireless charging case that works with the upcoming AirPower charger.

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