Apple May Release High-End, Over-Ear Headphones

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In a weekend note to investors, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Cupertino plans on introducing at least one new pair of Apple-branded over-the-ear headphones before the end of the year.

Headphones tend to come in two types: open or closed back.

SZS, a metal injection molding (MIM) specialist and current Apple supplier, is reportedly part of the project, indicating the integration of metal enclosures. Now the rumors surfaced about the possible features in the second generation of Airpods that will be released this year along with hints of the third generation in 2019. Possibly, the headphones would be similar to the over-ear headphones which Apple makes through the Beats subsidiary.

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The first, expected to land later this year, includes an upgraded wireless chip for managing Bluetooth connections and support for the firm's voice assistant Siri. According to news, an "all new" design over-hear headphones are on its way that will promise pinnacle audio quality. 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%.

It won't be wrong to assume that Apple will continue to push wireless audio and focus on the convenience of a world without wires. 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. Though the device won't be capable enough to survive under water, they would at least not get damaged if it starts raining or gets splashed, according to Bloomberg.

It seems like the AirPods are a success, and the company wants to capitalize on this market.