Apple reportedly working on next-gen, water-resistant AirPods

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

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Apple reportedly wanted to launch the headphones by the end of 2018 but development challenges have pushed the product back to early 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.

The new, premium AirPods are believed to be water-resistant (unfortunately for lovers of water sports, not waterproof) and have noise-canceling functionality.

Apple is also working to increase the distance that AirPods work away from devices like the iPhone or iPad. They'll utilize Apple branding and be positioned as a higher-end alternative to the company's Beats line. Foxconn is said to be working with Apple to ramp up AirPods production.

While none of this is unexpected as such, the timescales may be of note. They aren't a product upgrade but a shift into a new segment for Apple.

Bloomberg said that one source suggested Apple could add biometric sensors to the next-gen AirPods, furthering the company's health tracking efforts.

Apple is reportedly working on a trio of improved audio products that'll take existing offerings to the next level. Additionally, the upcoming high-end AirPods will include a water resistance feature meant to protect the accessory from rain and sweat.

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Since we can never hear enough about the next big thing Apple might have in store, here's something that could be music to your ears.

While this does fill in a few gaps in the Apple/Beats lineup of headphones, this is a roll of the dice for Apple.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

On the one hand, Apple's Amazon Echo competitor, the HomePod, was delayed quite a bit following its announcement.

Apple is likely to continue to offer new versions of both 'Pods, according to the Bloomberg report. Bloomberg says Cupertino is already hard at work developing a new model. The production however, has not been started.

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