Apple’s truly wireless headphones, the AirPods, are ridiculously popular. Even outside of the Apple ecosystem. And since that’s the case, other companies can’t let that continue for much longer. One way to try and make that change is to launch a competing product. Enter Microsoft and rumored Surface Buds, which could launch in the near future.
According to sources speaking with Thurrot, Microsoft is currently working on a pair of truly wireless headphones under the codename “Morrison”. As it stands right now, the company has not nailed down a final product name, but the report indicates they could fall under the Surface branding. Microsoft could lean towards “Surface Buds”, but nothing is finalized just yet.
“According to multiple sources who are familiar with the company’s plans, Microsoft is currently working on a pair of earbuds under the code name of Morrison. The company is looking to capitalize upon the development of its audio tech by expanding its portfolio to cover the two major categories of headphones: over-ear and in-ear.”
The sources say that these headphones from Microsoft would be in-ear in design, so similar to AirPods and the vast majority of other wireless options out there. Of course, this is not the first time Microsoft has launched its own headphones. The Surface Headphones are over-the-ear design, retail for $249.99, are wireless, and offer support for Microsoft’s digital personal assistant, Cortana. It’s possible that the Surface Buds would support Cortana as well, but nothing is confirmed or finalized.
Microsoft isn’t the only company aiming to jump into this particular market. Earlier this year, we reported that Amazon is working on a pair of truly wireless headphones as well, which would be equipped with Alexa on board as well.
As far as Apple is concerned, the company just launched its own second-generation AirPods with “Hey Siri” support, better battery life while on calls, and a wireless charging case.
This just feels like a matter of time. While we obviously don’t know how well these headphones would work, if the Surface Headphones are any indicator they will be very good. Which is good news! More options is never a bad thing.
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Did you pick up 2nd-gen AirPods? Or are you waiting to see what Amazon, or now Microsoft, launch?[via Thurrot]