06 November 2018
Apple is planning to launch new Airpods in 2019, which will come with a noise cancelling feature as well as other high-end features.
The new AirPods will be priced higher than the current model, says Bloomberg in a new report. According to the report, "internal discussions" about the upcoming product are ongoing on, and the company is considering biometric sensors for the device like a heart rate monitor.
The Cupertino giant is also widening manufacturing options for the AirPods. Foxconn is in inline to manufacture the device, due to the inability of manufacturer Luxshare's to deliver on time as well as low volumes produced. The report states that Apple is also roping in Foxconn to manufacture the HomePod and a new device will be launched in 2019.
The new Apple AirPods will cost much higher than the existing $159 for the set. Apple is also rumoured to be working on new AirPods with smaller components that could launch later in 2018.
Apple AirPods started shipping in late 2016 however the company has been struggling to keep up with demand since its launch. The $159 AirPods come with Apple's custom W1 wireless chip, which allows easy pairing across a range of devices, which have the same iCloud account.
Mark Gurman states that Apple originally intended to introduce the headphones in 2018 end, however, due to unspecified "development challenges" has been forced to push the launch of the device till 2019.