From iTunes to AirPods, Apple has had an incredible history with audio and music. Apple reestablished the entire music industry with its line of audio products. It will revolutionize the industry again with three gadgets set to be released in 2019.
1. Apple's Best AirPods Yet
Apple released its famous wireless earbuds, called AirPods, in 2016. On June 25, it was revealed that Apple will be coming out with a new — and better — version in 2019.
The new AirPods will include numerous features. Users can expect these AirPods to have both noise-cancellation and water-resistance features. These are two of the most requested features that users have begged Apple to incorporate into the AirPods. The water resistance will help preserve the AirPods while in the rain, but they can't be used for swimming or bathing. Apple also wants to add hands-free Siri activation to the product.
In addition, Apple wants to incorporate features from the Apple Watch, such as all the health-related hardware, into the AirPods. That means that the next AirPods could have a heart-rate monitor. Either way, the next AirPods will likely include a new chip and an increased Bluetooth range.
Apple is also planning to release a charging AirPods Case that can support the AirPower mat. It will likely bundle the case with the AirPods, but users can purchase it separately as well. The cost of the case is expected to rise due to the redesigned hinge for wireless charging.
The price of the new AirPods have not revealed, but it is likely to increase. The current cost is $159.
2. The First Over-The-Ear Headphones By Apple
Although Apple currently owns the Beats line of headphones, it will also release its own over-the-ear headphones. It will likely be a high-end, expensive gadget to compete with other expensive brands instead of the Beats headphones. Apple could release its new over-the-ear headphones as early as late 2018 or by early 2019. Apple has not revealed what its over-the-hear headphones would be called, although speculation online includes many possible names.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that this new product will make Apple's "acoustic accessory lineup more complete."
3. New And Improved HomePod
Although the tech specs for Apple's HomePod is impressive, the 7-inch device hasn't been a popular attraction. Sales have been slow, to say the least. Apple is not giving up on the HomePod. Instead, it is doubling down because of the high-quality sound produced by it. Apple will release a new version in 2019. The rumor is that Apple will switch production away from Inventec to Foxconn for the next model.