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This news comes in the middle of a big year for Apple's auditory efforts. Likewise, depending on when the second-generation AirPods debut it is possible the third-generation may not have been originally anticipated until 2020. Apple is said to be looking into including a heart-rate monitor and other biometric sensors with future AirPods as well. Apple said Other Products revenue was up 38% year-over-year in its second quarter, reaching almost $4 billion in total revenue for the period. Additionally, Apple will also launch a wireless charging case for the AirPods that will allow them to be charged by the AirPower charging mat.
And continuing its push into audio, Apple is also continuing to work on a paid of "studio quality" over-ear headphones that will be released under the Apple brand rather than Beats.
Apple is reportedly working on a trio of improved audio products that'll take existing offerings to the next level.
Apple did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
On the one hand, Apple's Amazon Echo competitor, the HomePod, was delayed quite a bit following its announcement. It intends to expand its partnership with Foxconn and reduce reliance on its smaller vendors like Inventec. Production hasn't started, and the deal isn't finalized.