Apple reportedly planning 'higher-end' AirPods and new HomePod for 'early 2019'

AirPods are reportedly getting an upgrade

The iPhone maker is expected to release a new version of its wireless AirPods, a revamped HomePod and possibly a pair of high-quality, over-the-ear headphones, Bloomberg reported, citing sources close to the situation.

The higher-priced premium AirPods will reportedly offer better noise-cancellation, and water resistance. Apple is said to be dealing with Tymphany, the audio subsidiary of computer peripheral manufacturer Primax Electronics, to produce the new model. Bloomberg's report offers up nearly no information, saying only that a refresh is in the works and that Apple may move away from Inventec for production. The company will try to improve the connection range so you can stray further from your iPhone and remain connected. It won't enable users to swim with the next-generation AirPods. That will most likely mean transitioning the production work for the upcoming models away from Inventec, which built the first HomePod and majority of the first-gen AirPods units.

Apple reportedly wanted to launch the headphones by the end of 2018 but development challenges have pushed the product back to early 2019. Apple also wants to add hands-free Siri activation to the product.

Apple was also working on a wireless charging case that was compatible with the upcoming AirPower charger. According to previous rumors, Apple was working on over-the-ear headphones for music loves, but with the new AirPods coming up next year, the new lineup of full-sized headsets is likely to be delayed. Apple plans to remedy this issue by shaking up its supply chain.

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Instead of being branded Beats the new headphones will feature Apple branding and be a higher-end alternative to the company's Beats line. Although no name for the headphones has yet leaked, they're expected to launch at some point in 2019.

Then, we come to Apple's new HomePod, which is the most mysterious of the bunch.

Apple did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

We've always been largely unimpressed with the quality of Apple's EarPods headphones, and were hoping to see a dramatic improvement in their standard following Apple's acquisition of Beats in 2014.

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