Apple rumored to launch high-end AirPods, over-ear headphones next year

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However, the water-resistance feature wouldn't allow users to swim while wearing AirPods; rather, it would more likely equip them to better handle rainwater and perspiration, Bloomberg said. They'll be water resistant and have noise cancellation support. Apple is also working on a wireless charging case that's compatible with the upcoming AirPower charger.

Bloomberg notes that Apple, which you might remember already owns its own headphone company, is going to get big into the headphone game.

Higher-end AirPods and a new HomePod could arrive alongside a pair of over-ear headphones next year, according to Bloomberg sources. The original version of the earbuds faced a delay after it first debuted in 2016.

Apple is likely to continue to offer new versions of both 'Pods, according to the Bloomberg report. Apple is also looking to increase the distance that AirPods can function away from an iPhone or iPad, the news service reported.

Elsewhere, Apple is said to be working on new over-ear headphones that'll compete with offerings from Sennheiser and Bose.

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Apple's current headphone lineup, under the Beats brand, includes $350 headphones.

Unfortunately, the new and improved AirPods also mean that customers might have to pay more than the $159 price tag of the first-generation AirPods.

Apple is shaking up its supply chain in preparation for the latest audio products, expanding a partnership with iPhone manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group and lessening its reliance on smaller hardware maker Inventec Corp., the people said.

Apple reportedly wanted to launch the headphones by the end of 2018 but development challenges have pushed the product back to early 2019. Apple continues to develop and produce audio products under its own brand name, which are sold alongside Beats products.

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

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