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Apple Reportedly Working on Wireless Over-the-Ear Headphones

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Apple is reportedly planning to enter the high-end headphone market by adding a premium pair of over-ear, noise-canceling headphones to its audio lineup.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is working on noise-cancelling, over-ear headphones that will rival nose just Bose but Apple’s own Beats brand. Although the plans could change, Apple is reportedly targeting a release that could be “as early as the end of this year.”

Apple has been working on the design “on-and-off” for over a year. The company has apparently struggled to finalize the device’s specification, with “multiple redesigns” created and then scrapped over the past 12 months.

Apple’s headphones are likely to use similar audio tech as seen in the company’s smart speaker, HomePod, reads the report, but no further details are provided.

It is unclear what other new technology the Cupertino company may add to the headphones, but as pointed out in the report, Apple may add its W1 Bluetooth pairing chip and Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling technology that Beats added in its Studio 3 wireless over-ear headphones.

The Bloomberg report echoes a recent prediction by KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, who first noted Apple is planning to release high-end Apple-branded headphones in 2018.

Apple bought Beats in 2014 for $3 billion, and the hardware and music-streaming service run by Dr. Dre and music executive Jimmy Iovine has become the backbone of Apple’s own streaming service, which now reportedly has 36 million paying subscribers.

Beats headphones, along with AirPods, have also helped Apple dominate the headphone market. A report last year calculated that Apple has already locked up over 40% of the wireless headphone market.

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  • Riley Freeman

    beats are cheap pieces of crap. That is likely why they are doing this. Hopefully, they do a better job

  • Flash

    May add W1 chip? On what planet wouldn’t Apple include their own tech, the only way this could be a “may” is if they instead add W2 chip.

  • xxxJDxxx

    No thanks. They got me with the Beats studio 3. They aren’t terrible but not worthy of the price they sell for. So many better options out there at that price point. Thought I’d give them a shot given everyone raving about how improved the sound quality was over beats of the past. Nope.

  • SOB

    My beats headphones have been working great. I have had no issues.

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