The iPhone X Almost Launched Without A Charging Port

The iPhone X Almost Launched Without A Charging Port

Bloomberg on Monday reported that Apple is working on three new audio products that will all be released in 2019. It's the third-generation that the Bloomberg article focuses on though, claiming that it will bring with it a raft of new features. Apple's AirPods, which cost $159, have been popular with consumers.

Apple is also said to be preparing to put out a set of high-end, over-the-ear-headphones that will have the Apple brand and be marketed as an option to Apple's line of Beats headphones, and is said to be preparing to put on sale an upgraded version of its HomePod home speaker. So far a decision to work with Inventec on the next HomePod has not been reached, while a spokeswoman for Inventec said they'll "try [their] best to secure new orders".

Citing sources, the report says that the team has internally discussed on adding a heart-rate sensor in Airpods to expand the health-based offerings it has to offer beyond the watch and the iPhone.

Accessories have become an important revenue source in recent years, helping Apple's "Other Products" unit generate sales of $12.9 billion in the 2017 fiscal year. A wireless charging case for Apple's in-ear audio solution is also in the pipeline and will be compatible with the upcoming AirPower wireless charging mat.

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Overall, the audio standard and brilliant pairing and charging technologies make AirPods an attractive prospect for Apple fans looking to invest in new wireless headphones for use across the entire product range.

The water resistance is reportedly being added to protect against rain and perspiration, meaning they will still not be able to be used while swimming.

Bloomberg notes that Apple, which you might remember already owns its own headphone company, is going to get big into the headphone game. When the earbuds first came out in 2016, they were delayed, and there was limited supply after the product finally went on sale. What direction Apple will take with the HomePod 2 is yet to be determined.

For more details on the latest Apple rumors, head to the original report by Bloomberg here. Production hasn't started, and the deal isn't finalized.

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