Apple is rumored to be working on high-end over-ear headphones that could be called the “AirPods Studio,” and which could be priced starting at $349.
We’ve been hearing about these upcoming over-ear headphones for some time, with evidence from multiple sources pointing to the official launch later this year.
AirPods Studio Sound Quality
AirPods Studio will join the AirPods lineup with the AirPods 2 and the AirPods Pro, and the new headphones will be distinct from Apple’s existing Beats lineup, which features several over-ear headphones options.
Rumors claim that the AirPods Studio will feature Active Noise Cancelling (ANC), equalizer settings controlled through an iOS or Mac device, and head and neck detection, similar to the ear detection in the AirPods.
One of the key features of regular AirPods is ear detection, which automatically pauses the song when you take the earphones off. We’ve learned that AirPods Studio will have a similar feature, but it will work in a different way. Instead of ear detection, Apple is working to include sensors that can detect whether the headphones are on your head or neck.
Active Noise Cancellation is designed to cut down on ambient noise so you can focus on what you’re listening to. If it mimics ANC on the AirPods Pro, there will be a transparency mode that will enable noise cancelling features, but with an option to continue to hear what’s going on around you.
AirPods Studio will also have a sensor that’s able to detect left and right ears for routing audio channels, which means there will be no right or wrong side for wearing the headphones.
According to a Bloomberg recent report, Apple’s own-brand over-ear headphones will be available in at least two variations of the headphones — one using leather fabrics and another with lighter materials to fitness use cases. Bloomberg also said Apple is testing a new modular design with exchangeable magnetic ear pads.
AirPods Studio Pricing Details
Apple is said to be planning to sell the AirPods Studio for $349, which is the same pricing as the current Beats Studio in the Beats lineup.
Though, a specific date has not yet been nailed down, but current rumors indicate the headphones will launch at some point in 2020. Mass production on the headphones is scheduled to begin in mid-2020, which perhaps suggests a fall 2020 launch. An announcement could come as soon as WWDC, however, which kicks off on June 22.