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Apple reportedly launching noise-canceling AirPods and over-the-ear headphones in 2019

Apple's is dramatically revamping its audio hardware in 2019 with high-end AirPods, over-the-ear headphones and a new HomePod speaker, according to a new report today.

The AirPods (2019) are said to upgrade the wireless earbuds with noise-cancellation, water resistance, and a longer wireless range, reports Bloomberg. Its water resistant is meant to combat rain and perspiration, not become suitable for swimming.

Apple is also said to be internally thinking about adding biometric sensors for new AirPods, including a heart-rate monitor. This seems less certain in the report's language, though it has become a standout feature of the Apple Watch. 

Plot twist: all of this may technically be saved for the AirPods 3, not the AirPods 2. We've been anticipating a new AirPods wireless charging case to work with the delayed AirPower charging mat due later this year. AirPods 2 may still be coming with features like a new chip (likely W2) and support for hands-free Siri activation, notes today's report.

Over-ear headphones and a new HomePod

Apple may finally be ready to unveil over-ear headphones to rival Bose, Sennheiser and other top companies that fill out best over-the-ear headphones guide.

New headphones and a HomePod, too?

New headphones and a HomePod, too?

It's said to be marketed as Apple's higher-end alternative to its Beats headphones, complete with native Apple branding. The over-ear cans were intended for the end of 2018, but faced development delays. A new release date is set for early 2019.

Early next year is also when you might see a new HomePod. There were no details about the HomePod 2 attached to today's report, but we have previously heard that Apple may be working on a Beats-branded HomePod or at least something cheaper than the current pricey HomePod smart speaker.

There's a lot of time between now and early 2019, when Apple's audio hardware revamp is expected to get underway. Expect to see more reliable Apple leaks between now and then.

Matt Swider

US Editor-in-Chief

Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting US Editor-in-Chief Editor who leads the US team in New York City. He began his tech journalism career all the way back in 1999 at the ripe at of 14, and first started writing for TechRadar in 2012. He's tested over 1,000 phones, tablets and wearables and commands a Twitter account of 600,000+ followers. Matt received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.