Apple is rumored to unveil high-end AirPods in 2019
Along with a pair of over-ear headphones and an upgraded HomePod 🤔🎧
Posted on June 25, 2018 10:31 PM.
BloombergMark Gurman and Debby Wu
Apple Inc. 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.
The new AirPods are rumored to be water-resistant, noise-cancelling, and include support for longer range, which would be a major step up from the AirPods we have today. Good luck swimming in them though. The water resistance is only for perspiration, rain, and maybe that accidental wash cycle when you leave them in your jeans. Apple may mirror its fitness-focused approach to the Watch, too, and include biometric capabilities to measure things like your heart rate. The current line of AirPods is rumored to be getting an update too, ...
EngadgetJon Fingas
... to include a new wireless chip and hands-free Siri commands. And of course, Apple hasn't been shy about promising an AirPods case with wireless charging through a mat like the company's upcoming AirPower.
GizmodoPatrick Lucas Austin
What’s most interesting is Apple’s potential third pair of upcoming headphones. Apple might indeed be working on some new over-ear headphones, priced higher than the offerings from Beats, the headphone maker Apple purchased in 2014.
The new devices are rumored to be released as early as 2019, but Apple's recently had some problems getting products out on time. The launch of the original AirPods caused a shipping delay with some customers waiting months. The HomePod took eight months to become available for purchase after its announcement, ...
... and AirPower still isn't here.
If Apple can manage to upgrade the current line of AirPods, release a premium line, an over-ear pair, and a new HomePod, Apple customers will have no shortage of options to choose from.
That is, assuming they can do it.

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Discussion
Michael Musgrove@mbmusgrove · Marketing guy.
High-end? Really? Didn't Apple spend $2 billion on an earphone brand that was supposedly "high-end?" Meanwhile nothing about any of it is high-end but the price.