Apple Is Said to Amplify Its Audio-Device Strategy in 2019

Sales of Apple's Home Pod speaker have reportedly fallen below expectations

On top of the over-ear headphones, Apple is also supposedly developing higher-end AirPods featuring noise-cancellation system, with the Cupertino giant reportedly considering Cirrus Logic to provide that capability for the next-generation earbuds. You won't be swimming in them though: The water resistance is mainly to protect against rain and perspiration, the people said.

AirPods will get active noise cancellation.

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. Apple's AirPods, which cost $US159, have been popular with consumers.

And continuing its push into audio, Apple is also continuing to work on a paid of "studio quality" over-ear headphones that will be released under the Apple brand rather than Beats. Apple originally meant to introduce the headphones by the end of 2018, but has faced development challenges, and is now targeting a launch as early as next 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.

A new HomePod is also coming in early 2019, according to Bloomberg's sources, although it's unclear how it'll differ from the current, er, unpopular model.

New AirPods will have active noise cancelling, as well as protection from moisture for fitness and enhanced sound quality when playing music - with the last two faults bound most of the complaints about this product.

The report from Sina doesn't mention when a cheaper HomePod would go on sale, but noted that Apple is discussing the plans with one of its suppliers, a Taiwanese chip manufacturer called MediaTek.

Instead of being branded Beats the new headphones will feature Apple branding and be a higher-end alternative to the company's Beats line. A spokesperson for Apple declined to comment on the leaked information. Apple is now hoping to launch the device as early as next year.

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