Monday in CE: Apple Rumors Over-the-Ear, AirPod-like, Beats-esque Headphones
Never one to hide the visions from his crystal ball, Apple analyst extraordinaire Ming-Chi Kuo suspects the tech giant could be working up something very similar to their already successful Beats headphone.
This makes sense for a few different reasons. AirPods have been widely successful and are underscored by the success of the HomePod soundscape, proving Apple has serious opinions about being an audio contender.
According to Kuo, the new headphones would be a dedicated over-the-ear successor, one that is firmly placed under Apple's brand, and could be released later this holiday season. Kuo has pointed to Apple working with a metal injection molding company as his primary source for the new headphones. The new shape would address and capture anyone unhappy with the design of AirPods who still want to use all the functions of one of the best truly wireless earbuds on the market.
This is also smart because of the continuing lawsuit from Monster, claiming that "as Monster and its CEO Noel Lee claimed, a "sham" designed to take control of their shared headphone line." In theory, Apple could clean their hands of Beats, while offering the same product on a much grander scale. In reality, they probably won't be much different from Beats headphones, but a brand refresh built on an AirPod foundation is bound to be very profitable
Mobile World Congress Flexes its Innovation Muscles
Mobile World Congress is in full swing, and there are a lot of insanely fun mobile products coming out of the Barcelona show.
The absolute favorite right now is the banana-yellow, Matrix-style Nokia 8110 4G slide phone. It's bright yellow, gaudy, and has no place in a bezel-less smartphone world. And that's why we love it.
Vivo has hit the show floor with a concept phone that involves a pop-out camera, making it truly bezel-less without any compromises. It's also the same phone that was making waves at CES thanks to its hidden fingerprint scanner located underneath the screen.
Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is all but in our hands, and it is sporting a ton of features that should make it a stand out contender for Android users. Although not much has changed, a repositioned fingerprint scanner, state-of-the-art AR software, and slick camera aperture should keep it in the conversation.
Stay tuned as more details from Huawei, Sony, LG, and more hit the market as well.