Apple may be working on a new pair of high-end headphones to rival Bose and Sennheiser — here's everything we know about them so far
Apple is expected to release a pair of wireless over-ear headphones with premium sound quality, according to reports from Bloomberg, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and YouTuber Jon Prosser. The headphones would offer the convenience of AirPods, but with an over-ear design and improved audio that would rival the likes of products made by Bose and Sennheiser. One report from Kuo suggests the headphones could debut in the first half of 2020. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Apple launched a new pair of AirPods last October, but a new pair of Apple headphones may already be on the horizon. The Cupertino, California-based tech giant is rumored to be working on a pair of high-end, over-ear headphones that would rival the likes of products made by Bose and Sennheiser. Rumors about the product have been swirling since 2018, and they picked up steam again on Saturday when YouTube personality and tech analyst Jon Prosser said he discovered a listing for a mysterious product called the "AirPods X Generation" in Target's inventory system. It wouldn't necessarily be surprising for Apple to launch a pair of over-ear headphones. The company has already proven that there's demand for Apple-made wireless headphones through its AirPods line, and launching an over-ear version would help it appeal to a different audience. Apple is estimated to have shipped 65 million AirPods in 2019 and may ship between 85 and 90 million units in 2020, according to projections from Wedbush Securities. Here's a look at everything we know about Apple's over-ear headphones so far, according to the leaks and rumors. SEE ALSO: Apple is expected to launch its new iPhone 12 lineup this fall — here's everything we know about it so far Apple may launch the new headphones in the first half of 2020.
TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the high-end headphones could debut in the first half of 2020, as MacRumors reported. Other than a pair of over-ear wireless headphones, Apple is also expected to launch a cheaper iPhone, a new iPad Pro, and a Bluetooth accessory that can help owners find lost items using their iPhone. No one knows what they'll be called, but some have speculated that they could be branded as "StudioPods" or "AirPods X."
Although we haven't any substantial leaks indicating what the product would be called, many tech outlets have speculated that they could be called "StudioPods," likely a move to remain consistent with the AirPods and HomePod branding while still communicating that they're for those in search of high-end audio. The listing in Target's inventory system that was recently shared by Prosser included a reference to "AirPods (X Generation)," but even if the listing is accurate it's likely a placeholder. . They'll likely be expensive.
Kuo has described the headphones as being "high-end," while Bloomberg wrote that they will compete with "pricey" models from firms like Bose and Sennheiser. The new headphones would serve as a more premium alternative to Apple's Beats line, according to Bloomberg. Some wireless headphones from those companies can cost around $400, like the Bose Noise Cancelling 700 and Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. If Apple is launching a new pair of headphones to compete with such models, they'll likely be far more expensive than the $250 AirPods Pro. The leaked Target listing discovered by Prosser also suggests these new headphones could cost $400. The over-ear headphones were originally intended to launch in 2018, but were reportedly pushed back because of development challenges.
That's according to Bloomberg, which also reported that Apple had faced similar development issues with creating the HomePod smart speaker it released in 2017. It's unclear precisely what caused the setback, but Bloomberg's report says Apple may redesign the headphones or even scrap the project entirely. The new headphones will likely have a lot of the same qualities as AirPods, like easy pairing with Apple devices.
If Apple does release a new pair of over-ear headphones, there's a good chance they will have some of the AirPods' hallmark features — such as quick pairing with Apple devices, for example. In his brief description of what the product may entail, Kuo wrote in a note from early 2018 that the headphones would be as "convenient as AirPods," as MacRumors reported at the time. Bloomberg also reported that the AirPods' quick-pairing feature would likely make it to the company's over-ear headphones as well. With its AirPods, Apple pioneered the idea of having Bluetooth headphones automatically connect with a mobile device after pairing for the first time — an approach that rivals like Samsung have since replicated with their own wireless earbuds. But the sound quality will probably be much better.
Reports from both Kuo and Bloomberg suggest that the new headphones would offer superior sound quality compared to Apple's AirPods. The company is said to be taking an approach that's similar to the strategy it implemented with its HomePod speaker from 2017. Apple's HomePod includes a custom woofer designed by the company and seven beam-forming tweeters, so it's possible that if it were to launch a pair of headphones it would include similar custom components. When Apple debuted the HomePod in 2017, it positioned it as being a premium alternative to voice-activated speakers like Amazon's Echo and the Google Home for customers who prioritize high-end audio. At the time, high-end speakers that supported a digital assistant like Amazon's Alexa or the Google Assistant were somewhat rare. But an increasing number of audio companies, like Sonos, have since added support for voice-activated assistants, and both Amazon and Google have released new speakers of their own that emphasize audio quality. As such, it's been difficult for the HomePod to gain traction in the market.
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Good-quality headphones can be expensive, but they often go on sale. We've rounded up the...Good-quality headphones can be expensive, but they often go on sale. We've rounded up the best headphone deals for April 2020. We'll update this list regularly with the top deals. Right now, the Sony WH-1000XM3 are on sale for $219.99 — that's $108 off their original price. A great pair of headphones can change the way you listen to music. Sure, the random earbuds that you have in your bottom drawer may do the job just fine for some, but if you want to hear nuanced details, well-rounded bass, or a sparkling high-end, you'll need something a little more versatile. If you are in the market for a new pair of headphones, it's worth figuring out exactly what kind of headphones you want. The first step is to determine whether you want in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones, or over-ear headphones. In-ear headphones are more portable than any other headphones, while over-ear headphones are the most comfortable and deep-sounding. On-ear headphones are often considered a good compromise between the two. If you hate wires, you could also get true wireless in-ear headphones, like AirPods, which cut the cables completely. It's also worth looking into a few headphone brands. If you're an audiophile who wants the best-sounding headphones, companies like Sennheiser, Klipsch, and Shure are worth considering. If you want incredible noise-cancelling headphones or those that work great for day-to-day use, consider those from Sony or Bose. And, if you want plenty of bass and tight integration with your Apple products, look into headphones from Beats or Apple itself. Once you've determined the type of headphones you want, you'll want to figure out what your budget is. These days, you can get solid headphones for under $100, but as with anything, you get what you pay for — and the more you're willing to spend, the better headphones you'll be able to get. Of course, you don't necessarily have to spend as much as you normally would if you can find a great deal. And that's exactly why we put together this guide for the best headphone deals that you can take advantage of right now. Here are the best headphone deals in April 2020: Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise-Cancelling Headphones, $219.99 (originally $327.99) at Ebay [You save $108] Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wireless, $199.95 (originally $399.95) at Sennheiser [You save $200] Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones, $179.00 (originally $199.95) at Walmart [You save $20.95] Beats PowerBeats 3 Wireless Headphones, $89.99 (originally $199.99) at Best Buy [You save $110] Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, $169.00 (originally $199.00) at Amazon [You save $30] Apple AirPods, $121.99 (originally $189.99) at Ebay [You save $59] Prices and links are current as of 04/21/2020. Added Bose 700, Sony WI-C310, Sony WH-CH510, and JBL Everest 710GA. Removed deals that are no longer active. Updated by Steven Cohen. Over-ear headphone deals Over-ear headphones may not be the most portable headphones out there, but they generally sound a whole lot better than in-ear headphones, thanks to their larger drivers. They also boast long battery lives and plenty of padding for a comfortable fit. Some models even include smart features — like integration with your digital assistant, noise cancellation, and more. Right now, the best deal available is on the Sony WH-1000XM3, which are our pick for the best noise-cancelling headphones. The Sony WH-1000XM3 offer impressive audio performance and top-of-the-line noise cancellation. You can find them on Ebay right now for $108 off their regular price. Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise-Cancelling Headphones, $219.99 (originally $327.99) at Ebay [You save $108] Bose 700 Noise-Cancelling Headphones, $349.99 (originally $399.99) at Best Buy [You save $50] Bose 700 Noise-Cancelling Headphones (refurbished by Bose), $279.95 (originally $399.95) at Best Buy [You save $120] Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wireless, $199.95 (originally $399.95) at Sennheiser [You save $200] Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless, $349.98 (originally $399.98) at Best Buy [You save $50] Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones (refurbished by Bose), $184.95 (originally $349.95) at Bose [You save $165] Bose QuietComfort 35 II Headphones, $299.99 (originally $349.99) at Best Buy [You save $50] Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones, $199.99 (originally $349.99) at Best Buy [You save $150] Sony WH-CH700N Headphones, $129.99 (originally $199.99) at Best Buy [You save $70] JBL Live 650BTNC Headphones, $149.99 (originally $199.99) at Best Buy [You save $50] JBL Everest 710GA Headphones (refurbished by JBL), $49.99 (originally $249.95) at JBL [You save $199.96] On-ear headphone deals On-ear headphones are a good compromise between portability and sound-quality. Sure, you won't be able to fit them in your pocket, but they're light-weight enough to easily carry around in a bag or backpack without noticing much of a difference. Unlike over-ear headphones, on-ear headphones rest on your outer ear, but good ones don't do so uncomfortably. The best deal on on-ear headphones right now is for the Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones, which are about $20 off. For that price, you get a bass-forward, well-rounded frequency response and tight integration with other Apple products. Here are all the best on-ear headphone deals out there right now. Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones, $179.00 (originally $199.95) at Walmart [You save $20.95] Beats EP Headphones, $64.00 (originally $129.95) at Amazon [You save $65.95] Sony WH-CH510 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, $39.99 (originally $59.99) at Best Buy [You save $20] In-ear headphone deals Looking for something portable that you can easily put into your pocket? In-ear headphones are the way to go. We have technically split the in-ear headphones into two categories — so if you're looking for modern true wireless headphones, skip ahead to the next section. The deals below are for wired in-ear headphones, which connect through a cable to your listening device, and wireless in-ear headphones which connect via Bluetooth to your listening device. Unlike true wireless headphones, however, regular wireless in-ear headphones still feature wires to connect each earbud together. When it comes to in-ear headphone discounts available now, the best deal is currently on the Beats PowerBeats 3 Wireless headphones. They're $110 off their regular price and offer an excellent fit and nice design. Beats PowerBeats 3 Wireless Headphones, $89.99 (originally $199.99) at Best Buy [You save $110] Bose SoundSport Wireless Sports Bluetooth Earbuds, $129.00 (originally $149.00) at Walmart [You save $20] JBL Reflect Contour 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones, $59.99 (originally $99.99) at Best Buy [You save $40] Jaybird Tarah Wireless In-Ear Headphones, $49.99 (originally $99.99) at Best Buy [You save $50] Sony WI-C310 Wireless In-Ear Headphones, $29.99 (originally $39.99) at Best Buy [You save $10] True wireless in-ear headphone deals Perhaps you want to avoid wires all together with a pair of true wireless headphones. These headphones feature separate earbuds that connect wirelessly to each other and to your listening device. A good example of true wireless headphones are Apple's AirPods — which are on sale right now with a wireless charging case for $30 off their regular price. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, $169.00 (originally $199.00) at Walmart [You save $30] Apple AirPods, $121.99 (originally $180.99) at Ebay [You save $59] Apple AirPods Pro, $234.98 (originally $249.00) at Walmart [You save $14.02] Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Earbuds, $199.98 (originally $299.98) at Best Buy [You save $100] JBL Free True Wireless Headphones, $99.99 (originally $149.99) at Best Buy [You save $50] JBL Tune 120TWS True Wireless Headphones, $69.99 (originally $99.99) at Best Buy [You save $30] For more headphone recommendations, check out our various headphone buying guides: Best true wireless earbuds Best earbuds Best noise-cancelling headphones Best over-ear headphones Best stylish headphones Best wireless Bluetooth headphones
For Black Friday, top retailers are chopping up to 56% off some of our favorite headphones....For Black Friday, top retailers are chopping up to 56% off some of our favorite headphones. We've rounded up the Black Friday best deals on headphones, including savings of $150 off Beats Studio³ Headphones and $70 off Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones. We're also tracking all the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals so you can find great products at great prices. We've looked at hundreds of deals so that you can buy with confidence. Check out Business Insider Coupons to potentially save even more on your Black Friday shopping. We've been tracking the prices of our favorite headphones from brands like Beats, Bose, Sony, and Apple this Black Friday, and there are five headphones deals that really stand out. Here are the best deals on headphones we would recommend even at their original price. Whether you are looking to improve your listening experience or want to check a couple of names off your holiday shopping list, these five headphones are sure to please any music lover. The 5 best headphone deals of Black Friday 2019 Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Studio³ Wireless Headphones Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Headphones Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (temporarily out of stock) Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Studio³ Wireless Headphones In our guide to the best stylish headphones, the Beats Studio³ Headphones were our pick for the best option for iPhone users due to their easy pairing thanks to the W1 chip from Apple. The chip also gives the headphones a longer battery life — up to 22 hours of listening on a single charge. This model sports impressive sound quality and adds a fashionable touch to your appearance. The Studio³ also helps you block out your surroundings when you want to focus with its active noise cancelling (ANC) that works in any environment. Several top sites are offering deals on these headphones, but we found Best Buy has the deepest discount. Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Studio³ Wireless Headphones, $199.99 (originally $349.99) [You save $150] Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones appear on a couple of our guides to the top headphones. We ranked them as best for comfort in our guide to the best noise-cancelling headphones and best for noise cancelling in our guide to the best stylish headphones. The QuietComfort 35 II headphones offer an impressive balance of comfort, sound, and noise cancellation. The batter life is about 20 hours with noise-canceling, and if it dies, you can revert to wired mode. Another cool feature is a dedicated Google Assistant button for easy access. There's a newer version of these headphones, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, but they are much more expensive and are not on sale today. The QuietComfort 35 II headphones are marked down to about $280 — the best deal we've seen — on several top sites so take your pick below. Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones, $279 from Amazon (originally $349) [You save $70] Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones, $279 from Walmart (originally $349) [You save $70] Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones, $279.95 from Bose (originally $349.95) [You save $70] Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones, $279.99 from Target (originally $349.99) [You save $70] Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones, $279.99 from Best Buy (originally $349.99) [You save $70] Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Headphones We've written about the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-the-Ear Headphones several times, including honoring them as the best noise-cancelling headphones overall and the best noise-cancelling over-ear headphones. We love how these headphones are equal parts exceptional sounding and well-designed. Best of all, they have the best noise cancelling you'll find. The padding is comfortable so you can listen to your favorite tunes for hours on end. The $70-off deal is available on many top sites so take your pick below. Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Headphones, $278 from Amazon (originally $349.99) [You save $71.99] Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Headphones, $278 from Walmart (originally $349.99) [You save $71.99] Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Headphones, $279.99 from Best Buy (originally $349.99) [You save $70] Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Headphones, $279.99 from Target (originally $349.99) [You save $70] Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case The Apple AirPods are our pick for the best earbuds for Apple fans. This is the latest model and comes with a wireless charging case that you can power up by setting on a Qi-compatible mat or by using the lightning connector. The case holds up to four charges, and the headphones run for five hours per charge. We're fans of this model because of the pleasant sound quality, affordable price tag, and lightweight, comfortable feel. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, $154.99 (originally $199) [You save $44.01] Temporarily out-of-stock. Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones The Beats Solo3 headphones have an outstanding 40-hour battery runtime, and if you run out of battery before you're done listening, 5 minutes of charging will give you another 3 hours of playtime. The on-ear controls feature Siri activation for easier multitasking. Business Insider's Dave Smith reviewed the Solo3 headphones and found they live up to the hype. The controls were intuitive, the sound quality was outstanding, pairing with an iPhone was effortless, and he liked the color selection. Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, $129.99 from Amazon (originally $299.99) [You save $170] Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, $129.99 from Target (originally $299.99) [You save $170] Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, $149.99 from Best Buy (originally $299.99) [You save $150] Looking for more Black Friday deals? 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