Noise-Canceling AirPods Rumored for 2019 Launch

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Apple Inc is planning to unveil higher-end AirPods, a new HomePod and studio-quality over-ear headphones for as early as next year, Bloomberg reported citing people familiar with the matter.

An earlier report from Barclays analysts claimed that Apple would add the noise-cancellation feature to its AirPods sometime in 2019.

Sources said the new AirPods will come with features not found on the original model. Apple's existing AirPods are also set for a refresh later this year which will bring a new chip, hands-free Siri activation, and an optional wireless charging case.

Apple offers a wide selection of audio accessories under the Beats brand, but next year Cupertino will expand the Apple-branded offerings, according to Bloomberg.

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Apple released its famous wireless earbuds, called AirPods, in 2016. Unfortunately, it might not be possible to give them Ingress Protection, but it means that they will be able to keep out water from light rain and perspiration. The new AirPods will reportedly be pricier than their predecessor, potentially segmenting the AirPods line into two models, and is increasing its reliance on contract manufacturer Foxconn to improve production of the AirPods. That's all we know at the moment, but it's a safe assumption they'll cost more than current AirPods, which clock in at $159. However, before you get excited, production of these headphones have yet to start because the deal has not been finalized. Although no name for the headphones has yet leaked, they're expected to launch at some point in 2019.

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. Apple plans to remedy this issue by shaking up its supply chain.

A new version of the HomePod speaker is also under development, sources say. They will use Apple branding and be a higher-end alternative to the company's Beats line. Apple is now hoping to launch the device as early as next year. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.