Apple plans to launch new high-end audio devices

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The next generation of AirPods could include noise-cancellation and water resistance, as well as a longer wireless range and a higher price.

Further down the line, various biometric sensors could also greatly enhance the capabilities of the AirPods family, monitoring your heart rate, for instance, without the need for a phone or watch nearby. Apple is said to be dealing with Tymphany, the audio subsidiary of computer peripheral manufacturer Primax Electronics, to produce the new model.

Apple reportedly has big plans for its audio device lineup in 2019.

The improved AirPods are tipped to cost more than the current AirPods, which are now priced at £159, and will come with a wireless charging case that should work with Apple's delayed AirPower charger.

They're not flawless, but for a first generation product, they're pretty good.

In a similar way to how Siri is beckoned on iPhones, users will be able to say "Hey Siri" to activate the function.

With the AirPods, Apple has created a bold new kind of wireless headphone, removing the annoyances of struggling to pair and remembering to turn them off to avoid battery drain.

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The earbuds will likely be a premium version that will cost more than the existing $159 pair. The headphones are also expected to carry the Apple branding, though there's no official name for the product yet since it remains unconfirmed.

The over-ear headphones are expected to compete with models from Bose and Sennheiser.

Apple reportedly wanted to launch the headphones by the end of 2018 but development challenges have pushed the product back to early 2019.

Apple is also planning to release a charging AirPods Case that can support the AirPower mat.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will unveil its new AirPods as early as next year, according to Bloomberg sources. Apple plans to remedy this issue by shaking up its supply chain. What direction Apple will take with the HomePod 2 is yet to be determined.

New AirPods will have active noise cancelling, as well as protection from moisture for fitness and enhanced sound quality when playing music - with the last two faults bound most of the complaints about this product. A spokesperson for Apple declined to comment on the leaked information.

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