According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will launch “high-end over-ear” headphones in late fall “at the earliest”.
These new upcoming headphones are expected to be Apple’s AirPods equivalent for premium over-ear headphones.
According to Bloomberg’s report from last week, new AirPods are in development. The “AirPods 2” were reported to have integrated Siri activation, enabling faster activation of voice controls when using the AirPods.
Apple has already announced to release a new wireless charging AirPods case separately, which will support the upcoming AirPower charging mat. KGI confirms that the new AirPods would be bundled with the wireless charging case as standard.
Bloomberg reported, Kuo says the new AirPods should launch in the second half of this year.
“We think the main difference of the upgraded AirPods, which won’t look much different from current AirPods, will be the wireless charging case and the adoption of an upgraded W1 chip. We believe that the charging case will adopt different processes for the external appearance and to meet thermal requirements from wireless charging, the hinge price will rise 60-80%”.
The exact specification and features of the Apple headphones are not detailed in KGI’s report but it would be sensible to expect the best bits of the Beats line to transfer over.