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Apple is developing a new set of wireless Bluetooth earbuds, according to 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, an often-accurate Apple watcher.

The headphones are said to be entirely wireless, which means they won't include a cable connecting the two earbuds. Gurman reports the headphones may launch alongside Apple's next iPhone this fall.

This comes after multiple news outlets, including Fast Company, have reported that Apple's next iPhone won't have a traditional headphone jack. Instead, users would have to plug headphones in through the iPhone's Lightning connector instead.

Gurman says the new wireless earbuds wouldn't replace the headphones Apple has been shipping with its iPhone since 2012, but they would be offered as a premium alternative.

iPhone owners would also be able to communicate with Siri and answer phone calls through the headset via a noise-canceling microphone. Gurman also writes that the buds would come in a special case that would recharge them while not in use. Other wireless earbuds, like those made by Earin, come with charging cases as well.

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The earbuds would mark one of the first wholly new audio accessories following Apple's $3 billion acquisition of headphone maker Beats in 2014. Still, building wireless earbuds is no easy task. Other companies already sell similar devices, but many of them have received mediocre reviews, with complaints focusing on sound quality and connectivity issues.

Apple typically reveals its newest iPhones in September.

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