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.
Work on this product has been on-and-off over the past year, according to the report, with the company going through multiple redesigns of the product.
Bloomberg says that the headphones will be noise-cancelling, and offer the same wireless pairing functionality as AirPods. Apple intends to launch the new headphones in time for the lucrative holiday shopping season although development challenges could toss a wrench into those plans.
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"With a use case centering on frictionless access to Siri and other tasks initiated by voice, AirPods really act as an extension of the iPhone", wrote NPD Executive Director Ben Arnold in a August 2017 report.
Meanwhile, Apple is also speculated to introduce upgraded AirPods this year. However, unlike what some might expect, they won't be from Beats by Dre, a subsidiary of Apple. Athlete-oriented wireless Beats earphones still seem to be selling well despite the popularity of AirPods.
Apple has sold over-ear headphones since it acquired Beats in 2014 but has yet to release an Apple-branded pair.
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Apple previously discarded the Beats Music streaming name when it launched Apple Music in 2015. Analyzing future Noise-Cancelling Headphones Business insights is completely based on the current Noise-Cancelling Headphones business scenario, business approaches, and market demands chosen by the manufacturers of Noise-Cancelling Headphones market. There's been no indication yet on when, if ever, Apple would release these headphones.
How much the new headphones will cost is still unknown, but Bloomberg and KGI's emphasis on Apple's "high-end" ambitions suggests they will not come cheap.
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