Apple could release its first noise-canceling, over-ear headphones this year


While the sources did not get into specifics, they said Apple has faced some challenges in developing its new headphones, and that could result in the company pushing back the release into sometime next year.

The AirPods have been a massive success for Apple despite the initial skepticism regarding the design.

Apple was working on the headphones throughout a year ago, and apparently ran into some issues that could lead to further delays, or even a decision to scrap the entire project. The product has gone through multiple revisions and will likely be redesigned again before launch or may even be scrapped altogether, according to people familiar with the matter. However, unlike what some might expect, they won't be from Beats by Dre, a subsidiary of Apple.

Bloomberg says that the headphones will be noise-cancelling, and offer the same wireless pairing functionality as AirPods. The category, which includes AirPods, Beats headphones, the Apple Watch, Apple TV and iPad accessories, generated more than $5 billion in revenue for the first time in the company's fiscal first quarter, representing 36 percent year-over-year growth. One area the company is now looking to make a bigger splash in is the headphone market. Beats Music eventually became Apple Music. In particular, the company announced some Beats-branded headphones with Apple's W1 wireless chip. Beats is one of the leading brands in the headphone market, alongside Bose, Sennheiser, Sony, and Skullcandy. That means a pair of the new headphones may run you anywhere from $350 to $500 based on the pricing of existing products in the market.

It remains to be seen how much Apple's headphones will cost if and when it ships, but you can reasonably assume it will carry a premium price tag.