Apple’s noise-canceling AirPods and cheaper HomePod expected in 2020


Apple’s noise-canceling AirPods and cheaper HomePod expected in 2020

In addition to details on Apple’s 2019 hardware plans, Bloomberg is also offering insight into Apple’s audio accessory ambitions for 2020.

According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a cheaper HomePod. It’ll undercut the current HomePod’s selling price of $299 by offering just two tweeters instead of the seven found in the original when it’s released. It’s not clear exactly when it will arrive, but Bloomberg says we could potentially see this new HomePod “as early as next year.” Apple’s HomePod, which reportedly hasn’t sold as well as the company had hoped, was priced at $349 at launch. Rumors of a cheaper version priced between $150 and $200 have swirled since 2018.


Homepod in a room

The current Apple HomePod.
Photo by James Bareham / The Verge

We’re also getting an update on the oft-rumored noise-cancelling AirPods. Once slated for 2019 by Bloomberg’s own reporting, it now says to expect them in 2020. The buds are rumored to be priced higher than the current $159 model, but they’re also said to include water resistance which would be a welcome addition for gym or vacation use. Apple introduced second-generation AirPods earlier this year, with relatively minor improvements to battery life and “Hey Siri” support.


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