Over Ear Headphones
Apple may soon be coming out with over ear headphones. This is coming from a pretty reliable source, KGI analyst Ming-Ci Guo. These new over the ears headphones may debut this year. AppleInsider reviewed a note where Kuo was quoted as saying that these headphones will be a “new design”. So what about the Beats by Dre headphones that Apple already owns? There seems to be a desire for Apple to take what it knows about audio and apply it to an entirely new design that holds the Apple brand.
“Apple to have own-brand, high-end over ear headphones with all-new design; to be as convenient as AirPods with better sound quality; shipments to begin 4Q18F at earliest; Primax & SZS will be the key suppliers & will benefit from high ASPs. We believe that after AirPods and HomePod, Apple’s next addition will be high-end over ear headphones, making its acoustic accessory lineup more complete. Existing suppliers Primax and SZS will be Apple’s partners on this new product. Primax will receive assembly orders on its familiarity with the acoustic business, and SZS is likely to use MIM technology advantages as leverage to become the exclusive or main MIM part supplier. The new headphones will be priced higher than AirPods and should help boost the business momentum of Primax as the assembly provider.”
These new high-end headphones are not intended to replace Apple’s AirPods. They will serve as an additional option to Apple’s line of audio accessories. In fact, Apple’s AirPods are receiving an upgrade as well.
In an earlier report from a few days ago, Ming-Ci Guo stated,
“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%.”
There are currently no details on the hardware that will be used in this new product. We will have to wait a while longer for specific details. Apple has a reputation for taking audio very seriously so I don’t think we’ll be disappointed. The new Apple-branded headphones are expected to become available by the end of the year. Maybe in time for Christmas (are you listening? Friends and family, hint, hint 😉