Tipster and Front Page Tech
presenter Jon Prosser has published a series of concept renders
created in partnership with Concept Creator that show off AirPods
Studio in full. The updated story continues below.
The AirPods line has exceeded all expectations since it first launched almost four years ago. It consists of AirPods and AirPods Pro at the moment, but Apple
is now looking to expand into another product category – premium over ear headphones – in the near future.
Apple AirPods Studio – Premium Over Ear Headphones
As many of you probably know, Apple already has its popular lineup of Beats headphones. But with AirPods Studio
, the Tim Cook-led company is expected to take things to another level.
A live image
leaked by tipster Fudge, as well as renders concept renders courtesy of Jon Prosser and Concept Creator, allegedly show off the upcoming AirPods Studio over ear headphones in full.
The model photographed and rendered today is understood to be a 'Sport' version. It offers very large cups coupled with a soft fabric cushion for each ear to ensure full isolation from the outside world.
Those are paired with an oversized headband that seems to make use of a HomePod
-like mesh to provide maximum comfort at all times. If earlier reports are to be believed, though, the headband is magnetic and should be interchangeable.
These aforementioned design elements are attached by a slim strip of metal – likely aluminum or stainless steel – that give AirPods Studio a slightly more retro look, especially when compared to existing Beats headphones.
There should be more than one AirPods Studio variant
If you're not a massive fan of the Sport version seen today, don't worry. Apple is understood to be working on other variants of the headphones including a more expensive 'Premium' model complete with higher quality materials such as leather.
Fortunately, if you choose to buy the premium version of AirPods Studio but sometimes might want to get your hands on the sportier model, or vice versa, you should be able to. In addition to the headband, both ear cups are said to be interchangeable.
Apple will be offering different kinds of magnetic headbands and ear cups separately, therefore creating an Apple Watch
-like customization process for its first in-house over ear headphones.
Apple AirPods Studio features, price, and release date
AirPods Studio are expected to offer active noise cancelation and take on premium over-ear headphones from the likes of Bose and Sony. Prosser says the feature a USB-C port for charging but no 3.5mm headphone jack.
Another interesting tidbit is that there's no L & R cups on AirPods Studio, according to Prosser. Instead, the premium headphones can detect which ear is which and offer a fully reversible design, meaning you can put them on whichever way suits you best.
Unlike AirPods and AirPods Pro, Apple plans to offer AirPods Studio in more than one color. The photographed pair seem to be wearing a Space Gray finish and the ones on video are the trademark white colorway version.
In regards to pricing, earlier reports suggest Apple plans to offer them for $350 in the United States. There's no word on when the announcement will happen, but rumors say the headphones could be made official in November.