Apple is planning to leap into the high-end, noise-cancelling sound marketplace with its own pair of wireless, over-ear headphones
Technology giant Apple is intending to enter the high-end headset market with its own set of cans. The company is actively working on developing headphones in a circumaural form element. Circumaural headphones cover the ear, but do not rest. Since formerly reported, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks that the company is planning to launch the cans in the fourth quarter of the year. We can assume that Apple may launch them alongside another generation of iPhones in the iPhone launch event later this season.
Bloomberg has confirmed the earlier report. One thing to notice here is that the company has seemingly been facing issues with the design of the cans, which is likely to push the launch date. The report also adds that the company is focusing on incorporating ‘active noise-cancelling’ technologies into the upcoming headphones.
It’s unclear what new technology the company might increase the headphones, but as pointed out in the report, Apple can add its W1 Bluetooth pairing processor and Pure Adaptive sound Cancelling technologies that Beats included in its Studio 3 wireless over-ear headphones. That is possible as Apple obtained Beats Music and Beats Electronics back in 2014. The benefit of Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling technologies is that it assesses the fit of the headphones to adjust the sound leakage that is caused by different ear shapes, head motion, glasses that the consumer might wear along with also the hair of the user as well as blocking ambient sound.
The report also adds that the company was functioning ‘on-and-off’ about the headphones “within the past year” but it is still probable that Apple may redesign the headphone before the launch or even cancel the whole plan. There are not any details about the expected pricing of these cans. However, MacRumors theorized that if Apple sticks with its current pricing plan, as it did with the HomePod, the headphones might end up as more costly than its closest rivals.