Apple plans new, improved AirPods, HomePod and over-ear headphones

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According to a report from Bloomberg, the tech giant is planning to release higher-end AirPods and a set of over-ear headphones in 2019.

The AirPods (2019) are said to upgrade the wireless earbuds with noise-cancellation, water resistance, and a longer wireless range, reports Bloomberg.

Additionally, Bloomberg has reported that Apple internally discussed adding biometric sensors on new upcoming AirPods in order to increase its health-related hardware offerings, thus stretching beyond the Apple Watch lineup. Those will compete with pricey models from Bose Corp. and Sennheiser.

As for the new over-ear headphones, production is yet to start but they are meant to be comparable to "pricey models from Bose Corp. and Sennheiser".

We have been hearing rumours about Apple's next-gen HomePod audio device but nothing concrete is known about the Airpods successor.

This news comes in the middle of a big year for Apple's auditory efforts.

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Apple may be stepping up its sound game.

Apple could refresh its entire line of audio-focused products as soon as next year. Two years later, Apple bought headphone maker and streaming-music company Beats for $3 billion, its largest acquisition. They will allegedly sit above the Beats headphones sold by Apple.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. When the earbuds first came out in 2016, they were delayed, and there was limited supply after the product finally went on sale.

For more details on the latest Apple rumors, head to the original report by Bloomberg here. The current HomePod was built with Inventec but production has since expanded to Foxconn.

Reports of new Apple audio gear have circulated for a few months now. The company also advertises Class 1 Bluetooth radios for newer Beats headphones such as the BeatsX, allowing connections from farther distances. Production hasn't started, and the deal isn't finalized.