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Apple allegedly developing high-end noise-cancelling headphones due end of 2020

By Liu Hongzuo - on 17 Apr 2020, 12:31pm

Apple allegedly developing high-end noise-cancelling headphones due end of 2020

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Step aside, AirPods Pro. Apple is reportedly developing wireless over-ear headphones with swappable parts, according to Bloomberg.

Sources told Bloomberg that the iPhone maker is looking at producing two variations of the headphones, with a premium version that uses synthetic leather fabrics and a fitness variant that comes with breathable materials. Initial prototypes of the over-ear headphones featured a 'retro look', with metallic arms that formed the headband of the personal audio accessory.

Swappable components of the headphones will likely include the ear pads and headband padding, as these parts are magnetically attached to the headphones' frame. The concept follows the Apple Watch, where users can customise the look and feel of the gadget by swapping out straps based on their needs, switching between style and comfort, or vice versa.

The noise-cancellation technology, according to these sources, will likely be the same tech found in the AirPods Pro. These headphones will also use Siri for voice-activated controls. Bloomberg also reported that these headphones would likely compete against the US$350 models released by Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser.

Currently, the development of Apple's over-ear headphones depends on the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, as it's subjected to their remote working arrangement, development progress, and supply chain availability. That said, Apple has previously stated that its remote work policy will not affect the development of new products.

Source: Bloomberg, TechCrunch, The Verge

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