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Apple will upgrade AirPods and release over-head

Apple will upgrade AirPods and release over-head

Bloomberg writes that people familiar with the matter expect the Cupertino, California based company to add noise-cancellation and water resistance to its Airpods, as well as increasing the range the earphones work away from an iPhone or iPad. You won't be able to swim with the earbuds; instead, they're meant to protect against sweat and rain. Apple's AirPods, which cost $159, have been popular with consumers.

In addition to a new higher-end AirPods, Apple is also working on over-ear headphones.

Apple is likely to continue to offer new versions of both 'Pods, according to the Bloomberg report. It intends to expand its partnership with Foxconn and reduce reliance on its smaller vendors like Inventec. Two years later, Apple bought headphone maker and streaming-music company Beats for $3 billion, its largest acquisition.

It's not clear what new features will come with the second-generation HomePod; there had been some previous rumblings that Apple was considering a HomePod-esque product with a lower price point.

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

Apple is also said to be internally thinking about adding biometric sensors for new AirPods, including a heart-rate monitor.

There are over-ear headphones coming from Apple, too. The original goal was to get those out by the end of 2018, but development-related challenges have pushed them back to next year.

Apple debuted its wireless earbuds in December 2016. However, given Apple's recent track record of delayed product launches, it is entirely possible that we will see the launch of the headphones being delayed once again. So far a decision to work with Inventec on the next HomePod has not been reached, while a spokeswoman for Inventec said they'll "try [their] best to secure new orders". Production hasn't started, and the deal isn't finalized.


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