AirPods Studio: this is what Apple's over-ear headphones could look like
For months there have been reports that Apple also wants to offer traditional over-ear headphones. Exactly these are now allegedly shown in first photos and video.
Current rumors say that Apple will introduce new headphones this fall, in addition to new iPhones and Macs with Apple Silicon. In contrast to the well-known in-ear models, AirPods and AirPods Pro, these will have a classic design. Currently, the more traditional headphones are often referred to as "AirPods Studio".
Leaker Jon Prosser had already announced that he also has material on Apple's headphones, but he first wants to create 3D models and render images to protect his sources. He already used a similar procedure with the AirTags a few days ago.
This delay caused another leaker to beat him to it. "Choco_bit" published alleged pictures of the AirPods Studio and the following video on Twitter – apparently the same material that Prosser had:
Watermark-less white.— Fudge (@choco_bit) September 16, 2020
I did say they looked a bit worse IMO pic.twitter.com/AiYNMyfktR
"AirPods Studio": Render images give a better impression
A few hours after the publication of the pictures shown above, Prosser also showed his own rendering pictures on YouTube, which he again created in cooperation with CConceptCreator:
These pictures give a better impression of what the possible AirPods Studio could look like. The design is – as described by Mark Gurman a few months ago for Bloomberg – symmetrical. This means that there is no predefined right or left ear cup.
Instead, the headphones are said to be able to automatically recognize which ear is left and right. The pictures also match Gurman's description of the alleged prototypes. He said in April that they should have a "retro look" with oval ear cups.
According to Gurman, Apple was working on at least two models at the time. One of them was a premium version with leather-like materials. There was also talk of a fitness model that would have more breathable fabric.
Allegedly the new headphones will be released later this year. A possible date for this would be the upcoming presentation of the new iPhone 12, which is expected in the coming weeks.
Source: Choco_bit, Twitter, Front Page Tech
Would it not be typical of Apple to ruin headphones by launching a model without a headband? So that all headphones makers must copy this? So that it being the same kind of hit-or-miss as with true wireless earphones to buy a pair, just to find out that they are not compatible with the shape of your ears?