Apple-Branded Over-Ear Headphones Said to Launch as Early as Second Half of 2019

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is planning its own over-ear headphones for as early as the second half of 2019, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

    Beats Solo3

    Gurman briefly mentioned the more specific timeframe in a report claiming that Sonos is also developing a high-end pair of wireless, over-the-ear headphones that could be launched by next year. He previously said the Apple headphones could debut as early as this year, so the "second half" distinction is new.

    Gurman previously reported that the headphones will use Apple branding and be positioned as a higher-end alternative to the company's line of Beats headphones. He also said Apple originally intended to introduce the headphones by the end of 2018, but faced development challenges causing a delay.

    Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was first to report about Apple's plans to release high-end over-ear headphones that are "as convenient as AirPods with better sound quality." They are also said to feature noise cancellation.

    Article Link: Apple-Branded Over-Ear Headphones Said to Launch as Early as Second Half of 2019
  2. KPandian1 macrumors 65816

    Oct 22, 2013
    I hope these are not rebranded Beats headphones.

    I prefer Over/Around the Ear headphones to On the Ear headphones. In-ear is usually uncomfortable.
  3. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    They faced development challenges causing a delay. That sounds familiar. What’s going on with their engineering teams these days?
  4. tomhall macrumors newbie


    Jul 13, 2013
    London, UK
  5. Ubuntu macrumors 68000


    Jul 3, 2005
    I think it's a combination of them doing too much and there being far more interest in their products than in the day when they were the underdog - I would not be surprised if they had a similar level of issues back then but it was just much harder to actually see it as someone on the outside.
  6. sofila macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2006
    Ramtop Mountains
    I'm afraid to find out what "High end" does mean for Apple these days
  7. X--X macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2015
  8. megastuff999 macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2008
    Look forward to these. In the market for some noise cancelling headphones and the tech knowledge from making the HomePod could help to create something market leading
  9. pschepers macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2010
    Apple branded? So, why did Apple buy Beats? This makes no sense.
  10. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
  11. Pelea macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2014
    Hopefully it starts at $999 for one ear and $19999 for the two ear model
  12. ph001bi macrumors regular

    May 26, 2015
    Wait until you see the price of the Product(RED) version.
  13. rmoliv macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2017
    Get your pair for $399.
    When is Tim Crook leaving?
    --- Post Merged, Jan 24, 2019 ---
    Beats will be the budget ones at $299
  14. Ploki macrumors 68040

    Jan 21, 2008
  15. Daekwan macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2014
    Dammit. Just picked up the Sony 1000XM3's for $299 on a MassGenie deal.

    Would gladly pay $100 more for Apple branded ones that have equal or better audio & noise canceling + W1 wireless chip technology. By far the worse part of the 1000XM3 experience is connecting via bluetooth and its limitation of only connecting to one device at a time. You have to unpair and repair to switch to another device. To go between my Macbook & iPhone with the 1000XM3 is a pure pain in the ass.
  16. lunarworks macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    They bought Beats for the management team and their deep music industry connections, and a streaming platform to build off. The brand recognition with a younger, urban demographic was just a bonus.
  17. tharitm macrumors member


    Nov 9, 2009
    I wonder if these would be released with AirPods 2
  18. Silver Idaten macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2015
    Stratford, CT
    So long as they’re not just rebranded Beats and are as convenient as AirPods with better sound quality and noise cancelling, if they’re not ridiculously overpriced (lol, I know), I’m interested. Preferably in Space Gray.
  19. BODYBUILDERPAUL macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2009
    Very nice! These should be excellent. I've been using AirPods for two years and they are first class - perfect connectivity, reliable, always charged, great design - not bad for a first generation product!
  20. triptolemus macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2011
    Seriously? This is what we're going with for article artwork? What editor signed off on this? Jeez...

  21. Textime macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2016
    Of course we’ll take the phrase “first half of the year” seriously..
    and if Apple announces the headphones, just add 1-2 years on top.
  22. truthertech macrumors 68000

    Jun 24, 2016

    News flash-every single product at every single tech company faces "development challenges." That's why it's called product DEVELOPMENT. It's why Apple is spending well over a BILLION dollars a month on research and DEVELOPMENT. You don't simply sit down around a table, write specs and send it to the factory and VOILA! a new tech product. LOL.

    And one more thing- please stop falling for the fake news by pundits where they tell you their unidentified "sources" tell them something about a delay.
  23. IRockThat828pScreen macrumors member


    Jan 15, 2019
    Was about to comment the same thing. This is one of the worst PS jobs I've ever seen on this site.
  24. TheFluffyDuck macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2012
    Ever since Apple acquired beats, EVERYTHING music related has been screwed up. Does it keep beats? Does it incorporate it into iTunes? Do we have a radio streaming service called Beats? Do we keep selling Apple AirPods next to Beats? Do we put the Wireless chip into Beats?

    Seriously Apple has no idea what it's doing. It should have integrated it into the Apple brand and R.I.P Beats, move on, and keep things consistent. Because fragmentation is destroying Apple. Seriously how many Laptop models do we need now that serve the same purpose?

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