Apple's over-ear headphones could arrive before the year's out

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Sources familiar with the product's development claim Apple is working on noise-canceling, over-ear headphones that'll rival offerings from market leaders such as Bose and even Apple's own Beats by Dre. In addition to that, the report says the new Apple headphones were scheduled to launch sometime at the end of this year.

Apple's AirPods earphones have been a surprise hit. The headphones will sit next to Apple's HomePod speaker which was released earlier this year.

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It is worth mentioning that given the issues marring the release of the purported headphones, there is a likelihood of Apple again opting for a redesign before the final launch or scrapping the project altogether. According to reports, Apple is seeking to capitalize off of the AirPods' success by launching its very own premium on-ear headphones. Currently, Apple's Beats Studio 3 headphones retail for $349.95 but can be found on Amazon for $279.99. Within that category, wearable product sales, which include the Watch, AirPods, and Beats headphones, surged 70 percent previous year, Apple said on a recent earnings call.

Alongside noise-cancellation, Apple is also said to be incorporating the wireless pairing technology found on the AirPods. There's been no indication yet on when, if ever, Apple would release these headphones. Beats and Bose both charge $350 for their high-end wireless headphones, while Sennheiser prices range from $100 all the way to $500. Given their over-the-ear design, they will likely sound superior to the AirPods as well. With the Apple-branded headphones, we could see a similar pricing, but add a successor to the W1 chip and improved internals and you have a very capable audio package that customers would love to purchase.

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