Apple working on a pair of over-ear headphones, analyst suggests

01 March, 2018, 07:35 | Author: Jeannette Greene
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Kuo's note claims that Apple will be debuting a branded high-end over-the-ear headphone with an all-new design. Kuo notes that both the gadgets are due to be unveiled later this year. This product is expected to be an upgarde over Apple's wireless AirPods, an analyst said. However, the new headphones would nearly certainly impact AirPods sales.

Another feature that will reportedly find its place in Apple's new product is the voice command option for Siri.

Apple has some very popular headphones on the market already with its Beats subsidiary being one of the hottest brands out there. The iPhone maker would undoubtedly give utmost priority to the audio quality to differentiate it from Beats and other similar headphones.

Word is that current Apple supplier SZS, a metal injection molding company, will be part of the project. Beats products continue to be sold, and new additions to the lineup are still coming out.


However, the expected design language of the device is not yet known. For this year, Kuo expects AirPods shipments at 24 to 26 million units.

In related news, a recent report suggests the tech giant will also release a second iteration of the AirPods later this year. There is also no word on whether they will be wireless but it is safe to assume they will and will possible utilize the updated technology that will live in AirPods 2. The new chip would further improve the connection between the iPhone and headphones to make it more reliable. Apple, that has positioned itself as the pioneer gadget brand, has used W1 chip for airpods.

That chipset, it's been reported, will allow for more comprehensive Siri functionality. Admittedly, tapping the Airpods twice to activate the personal assistant doesn't sound like too much work, but they still chose to make it even easier. While this is on the inside, from the outside the upcoming AirPods version is said to be water resistant. The move seems like Apple wants to capitalize on the popularity of the AirPods. Also, its ease of use and relatively affordable pricing is a major reason for its success.

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