The new AirPods will be noise canceling and water resistant enough to combat rain and perspiration, sources familiar with the products told Bloomberg on Monday. Don't expect the pricing to be on the cheap side though, with them likely to be placed as a "higher-end alternative to the company's Beats line".
Leave your thoughts on whether you would cop higher-end Airpods in the comments. However, the 2018 AirPods that will be released later this year will come with a new chip and support for hands-free Siri activation, thus laying the foundations for Apple to incorporate newer features on AirPods coming in 2019. They'll utilize Apple branding and be positioned as a higher-end alternative to the company's Beats line.
Since none of these products have yet been announced, there's a chance they might not wind up being released in 2019, and could be pushed back further (or not released at all.) Still, from the sound of things, Apple has some pretty exciting new audiophile technology in the works. The company is developing a wireless charging case for its AirPods earbuds as well as a wireless charging pad called AirPower that's capable of charging an iPhone, AirPods, and an Apple Watch all at the same time.
Bloomberg said that one source suggested Apple could add biometric sensors to the next-gen AirPods, furthering the company's health tracking efforts.
Apple could be working with Foxconn to ramp up its production of Airpods. Now, it plans to launch these headphones early next year. It's possible that Apple could switch away from Inventec for the new model. The original version of the earbuds faced a delay after it first debuted in 2016. The production however, has not been started.