In 2014, Apple had acquired headphone-maker Beats by Dre for $3 billion. During the time of its HomePod development, the company had faced the similar problems, which included multiple redesigns. A report a year ago calculated that Apple has already locked up over 40% of the wireless-headphone market.
No word as yet on how much these headphones will cost.
Apple is ready to expand its audio portfolio seeing as how people have been lapping up its AirPods and loving the sound of the HomePod. The headphones may be released later than the target date and could even be scrapped altogether, according to the report.
With a screen close to 6.5 inches, Apple's big new handset will be one of the largest mainstream smartphones on the market.
This new product is being described as a pair of wireless over-ear headphones similar to the ones manufactured by companies like Bose and Sennheiser.
Apple already competes in the active noise-cancelling category with its £299/$349 Beats Studio3, which incorporate Apple's low-power W1 chip.
The AirPods have been a key driver of newfound success for Apple's Other Products segment. There's been no indication yet on when, if ever, Apple would release these headphones.
As per the report, the rumored headphones will have noise-canceling capabilities and will sit in the high-end price segment.
The report corroborates a late February memo from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Pricing will be key for the new Apple headphones. But as history shows, Apple is not afraid to cannibalize itself.