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

Apple’s long-rumoured over-ear wireless headphones – which are expected to compete with offerings from the likes of Bang & Olufsen, Beats by Dre, Bose and Sennheiser – will arrive before the year’s out, according to a new report.

Bloomberg has caught wind of information claiming that the Cupertino firm is working on a pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones to rival that of its own Beats by Dre range, corroborating an investor note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

There’s no word on when the headphones will arrive. All Bloomberg noted is that Apple is planning to release them sometime before the end of 2018, though there’s a chance the entire project could be scrapped between now and then.

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That’s because Apple is said to have run into the same manufacturing issues it experienced with the all-new HomePod, forcing it to redesign the headphones multiple times – and if it can’t perfect them soon, it’s expected to cut its losses.

We also don’t know how much the headphones will cost if/when they arrive; some expect them to command around £300 – which would put them in the same region as the Beats Studio 3 and Bose QuietComfort 35 II.

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