Apple-Branded Premium Over-Ear Headphones Rumored To Debut In Q4

Rumor: Apple Pondering Premium Branded Headphones

In addition, the new 2018 Apple AirPods will be assembled by Inventec, a Taiwanese manufacturer, who is also responsible for developing the current version AirPods. The new headphones could debut in the fourth quarter of this year at the earliest.

According to Kuo, the iPhone maker wants the headphones to offer high-quality sound and be "convenient" like AirPods as well. Now, this is not the only wireless charger in the market but is, for now, the only one that allows charging of up to three different devices at the same time. This product is expected to be an upgarde over Apple's wireless AirPods, an analyst said. Apple, that has positioned itself as the pioneer gadget brand, has used W1 chip for airpods. We're talking, of course, about Apple-yes, the company that Beats is a subsidiary of, and one that has a vested interest in expanding its potential for profits across a variety of categories, especially those related to music. Kuo doesn't give specifics for hardware, only suggesting that metal injection molding specialist SZS is likely to be involved. The analyst expects a 100% to 200% jump in the component orders in fiscal 2018, while shipments of assembled devices is expected to rise 60% to 80%. Admittedly, tapping the Airpods twice to activate the personal assistant doesn't sound like too much work, but they still decided to make it even easier.

The new headphones are predicted to cost more than the company's £159 AirPods. The users will now be able to activate the little helper simply by saying the phrase "Hey Siri". The company is planning to make the AirPods 2 splashproof and water resistant, similar to the iPhones. Considering how the latest Apple Watch already has W2, it seems logical that the second generation Airpods will have that as well.



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