Apple Will Launch Over-Ear Style Headphones In The Second Half Of 2019
Apple launched the iPod in the year 2001 which revolutionized the music industry. Apple also introduced the earbuds which were a key driver for the success of the portable music player. Over the years, the company has launched several versions of the earbuds which were succeeded by EarPods in the year 2012. In late 2016, Apple unveiled the AirPods which have become the de-facto standard for wireless earphones.
Except for its own range of audio accessories, Apple also owns the Beats by Dre audio accessory brand which it acquired in the year 2014. After acquiring Beats, Apple added a few products to the brand but that has slowed down after 2015. Last year, Ming-Chi Kuo, a reputed Apple analyst claimed in that Apple will launch a pair of over-ear style headphones which unfortunately did not happen. A fresh report published by Bloomberg suggests that the headphones are likely to launch soon.
Expectations & Launch Date
Except for the rumour that Apple is readying a pair of wireless headphones, any detail about its features and specifications is unavailable. The Bloomberg report mainly talks about Sonos launching a new lineup of high-end headphones. But it also states that Apple will launch a pair of Over-ear headphones in the second half of 2019. Following are the expected features of high-end headphones from Apple
- Siri Integration- Like the Apple AirPods, the anticipated headphones are expected to have Siri integration which will allow users to wirelessly control features on their iPhone.
- W1 Chip- The Apple W1 is a SoC from Apple which is used in the AirPods and several Beats headphones. It is used for a streamlined and seamless wireless connection between Apple products. Therefore the high-end over-ear headphones are assumed to feature this chipset.
- Wireless Charging- Reports in the past have claimed that Apple is developing AirPods with wireless charging support and a similar feature is also expected from the over-ear Apple headphones.