The AirPods (2019) are said to upgrade the wireless earbuds with noise-cancellation, water resistance, and a longer wireless range, reports Bloomberg.
Apple is about to pump up the volume on its audio-device strategy, planning higher-end AirPods, a new HomePod and studio-quality over-ear headphones for as early as next year, according to people familiar with the matter.
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.
Bloomberg said that one source suggested Apple could add biometric sensors to the next-gen AirPods, furthering the company's health tracking efforts.
Apple may finally be ready to unveil over-ear headphones to rival Bose, Sennheiser and other top companies that fill out best over-the-ear headphones guide. The new report says that Apple now plans to release the headphones in 2019; they are still expected to use Apple's branding and exist as a "higher-end alternative" to devices from the company's Beats subsidiary.
Apple has increasingly turned to pricey audio accessories to boost revenue and profit. But HomePod, a high-end internet-connected speaker, has been less warmly reviewed.
As previously reported by Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is also developing a pair of Apple-branded over-ear headphones. Apple said Other Products revenue was up 38% year-over-year in its second quarter, reaching almost $4 billion in total revenue for the period.
Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Since none of these products have yet been announced, there's a chance they might not wind up being released in 2019, and could be pushed back further (or not released at all.) Still, from the sound of things, Apple has some pretty exciting new audiophile technology in the works.