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Apple Is Readying A Pair Of High-End Over-Ear Headphones

Apple Is Readying A Pair Of High-End Over-Ear Headphones

Capitalising on the surprise success of the company's AirPods, Apple has been rumoured to have been working on high-end, over-the-ear, noise-cancelling headphones and a new report from Bloomberg seemingly confirms these whispers.

When the company acquired Beats Music and Beats Electronics in the 2014 deal, Apple executives said the successful Beats by Dre headphones business was one of the drivers. Apple has been working on the product on and off since they started their efforts, dealing with issues similar to the ones they went through during the development of the HomePod. The company has also reportedly run into "development challenges" that could jeopardize that target ship date.

People who are supposedly familiar with the product's development told Bloomberg that the new earphones could arrive by the end of the year, though that is not set in stone. In addition to noise-canceling features, Apple plans to equip the over-ear headphones will similar wireless pairing to the AirPods.

Curiously, Apple owns the Beats by Dre. In December 2017, Ming-Chi Kuo said in a research note that he sees Apple double shipments of AirPods in 2018. The KGI report terms AirPods as "Apple's most important accessory product". There's been no indication yet on when, if ever, Apple would release these headphones.




There was no mention of whether the headphones will allow for the "Hey Siri" function in the same way that the current AirPods do; or if they will share any common components with Apple's in-ear wireless earbuds.

Apple, which is already running production tests with suppliers, is expected to announce the new phones this fall.

Apple-branded headphones would seemingly cannibalize Beats headphones, although Beats also sells lower-priced wireless headphones that probably won't directly compete with the new product. Both Bose's popular QC35 II and Beats' Studio3 wireless headphones cost $350.

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