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Apple will revamp its audio accessories for 2019; here’s what I’m expecting

Apple is ramping up its audio accessory products for 2019, planning higher-end AirPods, a new HomePod, and studio-quality over-ear headphones, reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.” The article says:

  • 2019 AirPods, which will cost more than $159 (as the current model does), will sport noise-cancellation and water resistance features;
  • A 2018 update to the AirPods will have a new chip and hands-free Siri activation;
  • New over-the-ear headphones from Apple will compete with pricey models from Bose and Sennheiner, use Apple branding and be a higher-end alternative to the company’s Beats line.
  • A New HomePod will be introduced, but no details were given.

Chances the rumor is true, per the Sellers Research Group (60%). I think Bloomberg is right about AirPods developments. I also think that Apple will introduce high-end, over-the-ear headphones, but that it will drop the Beats brand entirely with all products sporting the Apple logo.

When it comes to the HomePod, I think Apple will introduce a (slightly) less expensive model (the HomePod Mini!) and a higher end, home theater model with Dolby Atmos support (the HomePod Theater?).


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the authorDennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.

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