Apple offers a wide selection of audio accessories under the Beats brand, but next year Cupertino will expand the Apple-branded offerings, according to Bloomberg. There will be premium AirPods, Apple’s first over the ear headphones and a new generation of HomePod.
The new AirPods will feature noise cancellation and will be water resistant (sweat/rain, not for swimming). The company will try to improve the connection range so you can stray further from your iPhone and remain connected. Apple is even considering adding biometric sensors – like a heart rate monitor – to future models. The price will be higher than the current AirPods ($160).The current AirPods from Apple
The over the ear headphones will be a premium offering targeting the likes of Bose and Sennheiser. They will allegedly sit above the Beats headphones sold by Apple. Not much is known about these, but noise cancellation seems likely. These were supposed to come out later this year, but they ran into issues and the release was pushed back to early next year.
Apple’s development of the HomePod wasn’t a smooth ride either, but there’s a new version coming early next year. What direction Apple will take with the HomePod 2 is yet to be determined.
My point was that it doesn't matter about the copying, it matters who does it best.
Apple buys screens for their phones. They've traditionally chosen LCDs for better uniformity and color accuracy. Now that AMOLED has caught up, they've slowly started buying those panels as well. This is not copying, they're buying the bloody thin...