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Apple is working on noise-canceling AirPods and over-ear headphones

Apple is working on noise-canceling AirPods and over-ear headphones

A new report coming from Bloomberg now talks about a couple of new features that one can expect from the upcoming wireless earphones. It's the third-generation that the Bloomberg article focuses on though, claiming that it will bring with it a raft of new features.

Apple is planning to unveil new high-end AirPods, a new HomePod, and new studio quality over-ear headphones next year, reports Bloomberg. The new earbuds will likely cost more than the current $159, according to Bloomberg.

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".

While none of this is unexpected as such, the timescales may be of note.

Apple's AirPods did not exactly wow the world when they arrived - not least because, come on, pay the licensing fee and call them "AirBuds". The report also suggests that the standard AirPods will be updated soon with a new chip and the ability to use Siri hands-free, which will be... alright, I guess.

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The Apple Inc. division responsible for accessories such as the AirPods wireless earbuds recorded $12.9 billion in revenue during the last fiscal year. Apple might be working with Tymphany for the new over-the-ear headphones. That said, you still don't want to go swimming with these things, as the rumored water resistant AirPods would be more likely to only stand up against perspiration and rain rather than being submerged.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple's latest music-focused device, the HomePod, was also delayed, and has seen sluggish sales so far - although reviewers praised the sound quality.

Inventec executives met with Apple executives in California in recent weeks to discuss future HomePod orders, but a final decision on working with Inventec on the new model hasn't been made, the people said. The production however, has not been started.