Following the release of a patent from Apple last year and an update on its status earlier this year, new high-end AirPods may finally see a release by next year. These new AirPods will include noise cancellation and water resistance, according to reports, with an over-the-ear model also hinted for a release.
The over-ear model was originally rumored to hit shelves this year, with the reports acknowledging its delay. A modest upgrade with wireless charging and hands-free Siri activation is still slated to debut this year, which utilizes a new case meant for Apple‘s upcoming Airpower wireless charging mat. The report also says a new HomePod model is expected to debut next year, although details on its new features are scarce.
In related news, Apple was recently fined $6.7 million USD for misleading customers.