Apple’s high-end headphones may ship in 2019

Sales of Apple's Home Pod speaker have reportedly fallen below expectations

Enlarge Sales of Apple's Home Pod speaker have reportedly fallen below

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

And continuing its push into audio, Apple is also continuing to work on a paid of "studio quality" over-ear headphones that will be released under the Apple brand rather than Beats. Apple is even considering adding biometric sensors – like a heart rate monitor – to future models.

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With the AirPods, Apple has created a bold new kind of wireless headphone, removing the annoyances of struggling to pair and remembering to turn them off to avoid battery drain. The rumored product may indeed be expected to debut - not anytime this year, though, due to reported development delays - but in 2019 along with a plush version of AirPods and a fresh HomePod. While it was initially believed that Apple would start marketing all of its audio products under the Beats brand, it has turned out to be the opposite.

While we don't know much about the second-gen HomePod, the sources note that Apple could be looking to expand its partnership with Foxconn, which mainly helps manufacture the iPhone, and simultaneously lessen its reliance on Inventec, which helped supply AirPods and HomePod. They are meant to be higher end than Beats headphones and are meant to compete with the high-end models of headphones which ship from firms like Bose Corp and Sennheiser. The company also advertises Class 1 Bluetooth radios for newer Beats headphones such as the BeatsX, allowing connections from farther distances.

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Apple may launch another version of the HomePod by next year. A new report coming from Bloomberg now talks about a couple of new features that one can expect from the upcoming wireless earphones.

It doesn't include any details about the product's price or features, however.

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The report from Sina doesn't mention when a cheaper HomePod would go on sale, but noted that Apple is discussing the plans with one of its suppliers, a Taiwanese chip manufacturer called MediaTek.

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