Update: We’ve had the chance to review them and they are great.

Bose is one of the best-known names in noise-cancelling headphones with its QuietComfort 25 model a popular choice, and the firm is now gearing up for the rumored removal of the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 with a wireless version.

The new Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones, launched today, offer the same noise-cancelling performance as their wired predecessors, but with Bluetooth and NFC pairing.

These are our best headphones. In making them wireless, we had one goal: seamlessly merge Bluetooth and our Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology together with no compromise to the technologies or the audio performance we’re known for …

Bose says that the QC35 should give ‘up to’ 20 hours’ battery-life when used wirelessly, around half the life you get from wired usage.

The headphones are made from glass-filled nylon with a synthetic leather covering which the company says makes them lightweight, durable and comfortable. They come with an app that allows automatic switching between devices, such as an iPhone and iPad.

You can still use them in wired mode with other devices. They are supplied with an audio cable, airline adapter and a USB cable for charging.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones are available today for $349.95 in a choice of black and silver. It has also launched two versions of fitness-focused SoundSport Wireless earphones at $149.95.

Assuming the rumors are correct, wireless headphones won’t be your only option: you’ll also be able to use Lightning headphones or existing conventional ones with a dongle (though the prototypes seen so far look horribly clunky).

If you’re after some older Bose kit, there’s a rare discount on the SoundLink Mini II speaker and some other headphones over on 9to5Toys.


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