Are new Apple-branded headphones in the works?

Are new Apple-branded headphones in the works?

In his latest note to investors, Kuo has revealed that Apple is reportedly working on a brand new over-the-ear headphone product that the company plans to launch later this year. If differentiated enough, the headphones could even stand alongside Apple's Beats lineup, much as the company's current AirPods and BeatsX wireless headphones share space on Apple store shelves. Here is what we know so far. The report goes on today that the new 'phones might be as ready as the fourth quarter of this year. The move seems like Apple wants to capitalize on the popularity of the AirPods. Unlike earbuds, the new set of headphones would have Apple branding. Admittedly, tapping the Airpods twice to activate the personal assistant doesn't sound like too much work, but they still chose to make it even easier. However, should we be concerned about that? It may sound like a conspiracy theory, but it's certainly something to think about. Apple has experimented with high-excursion speaker drivers, using them for the HomePod for example, and so might have designs on using similar technology for its headphones.

The Bluetooth headphones include an Apple-built W1 chipset that handles seamless pairing with compatible iOS devices.

There's also something that's not a rumor but a fact - the new Airpods will also be released with the new battery cases that have the ability to charge wirelessly.

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Apple's AirPods is now priced at Rs 12,900 in India.The wireless AirPods are powered by Apple's W1 chip, and provides up to 5 hours of playback on a single charge. That is quite useful.

According to whispers, the second-generation AirPods will work with the "Hey Siri" voice command. Before you ask, no, you won't be able to dive in the ocean with them, but you won't be bothered by the pouring rain.

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