Apple is developing a pair of high-end wireless noise-cancelling headphones and could launch them as soon as the end of this year, according to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu.
The report corroborates a late February memo from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Gurman, who, like Kuo, has a long track record of reporting the existence of Apple devices before they’re released, says the headphones will be of the over-the-ear variety and would compete with similar pairs from Bose.
Bloomberg says the headphones will also include “similar wireless pairing functionality” to Apple’s AirPods earbuds, suggesting they will likely include Apple’s W1 wireless chip (or its successor) and connect to iPhones and iPads more seamlessly than other devices. Given their design that is over-the-ear will more than likely appear more advanced than the AirPods also.
Interestingly, the report states the headphones will keep the Apple logo design. That will basically place them in direct competition using the business’s Beats by Dre subsidiary, which presently offers its pair that is own of headphones for $350. Those headphones already take advantage of Apple’s W1 chip.
How much the headphones that are new price remains not known, but Bloomberg and KGI’s increased exposure of Apple’s “high-end” aspirations implies they’re not going to come low priced. It’s well worth noting that numerous associated with the top that is current in the wireless noise-cancelling market are pricey as well, though: Bose’s QuietComfort 35 go for $350, while Sennheiser’s HD1 Wireless initially retailed for $500.
All that said, Bloomberg notes that development of the headphones that are noise-cancelling perhaps not gone since efficiently as prepared, likening Apple’s problems to your problems it had developing its HomePod presenter. The organization moved through numerous redesigns associated with the item, in line with the report, and there’s nevertheless the opportunity it may entirely kill the device.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment.
If the headphones do arrive as expected, though, they would seemingly solidify Apple’s renewed desire for customer sound. The airPods appear to be a hit though the HomePod only just hit the market last month. Apple does not directly report AirPods sales, instead rolling them into its “Other Products” category with the Apple Watch, Apple TV, Beats headphones, and other accessories. But that segment brought in $5.49 billion in sales in Q1 2018, according to Apple, a 37 percent year-over-year increase. While that number was no doubt boosted by the launch of a Apple that is new TV Apple Watch, Apple stated that its wearable items, such as the AirPods, jumped by 70 per cent year-over-year.
Reports from Gurman and Kuo month that is last that Apple normally focusing on brand new AirPods models, which may probably add easier Siri activation, a greater cordless chip, and water opposition.