Back in 2018, supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors that Apple was producing high-end, over-ear headphones with features similar to AirPods.

Apple Headphones Leaks

Since the original report, we’ve continued to hear information relating to Apple’s over the ear headphones.

In our continued coverage of iOS 14, 9to5Mac exclusively showed the icon devices will show when the Apple Headphones are connected.

The two icons discovered by 9to5Mac give us the clearest picture to date of how high-end, over-ear Apple headphones will look. These glyphs are used in iOS 14 to represent the unreleased headphones throughout the operating system including Apple’s battery and charging status widget.

It’s possible the light and dark icons could represent other colors beyond black and white options. While Beats headphones have multiple color options, the AirPods are still only available in white. Each icon also gives us an idea of the size of each headphone and the amount of padding on the cups/band.


Bloomberg says that the headphones will feature magnetically swappable components, allowing the user to customize the product for their own style and ergonomics.

The ear pads and headband padding attach to the frame of the headphones magnetically so they can be replaced by the user. That approach is similar to some headphones from Master & Dynamic and Bowers & Wilkins, though those models only have magnetic ear pads. Apple’s more modular design will allow users to customize their headphones like they do with the Apple Watch. The design may also mean the same set of headphones would be convertible from comfort to fitness use and back again, the people said.

Apple Headphones Price

The price for the over the ear headphones is unknown at this time, but early rumors expect them to be priced at a premium.

Release Date

The code that we discovered the icons in was from December 2019, so it’s probable that Apple intends to release them sometime in the fall of 2020. Of course, disruptions to the supply chain due to COVID-19 could also impact the actual release date. Apple might be considering holding them back for sale until the economic conditions improve. Bloomberg has also reported the fall release date.

Apple Headphones Stories September 16, 2020

A new leak on Twitter today claims to offer our first look at Apple’s oft-rumored “AirPods Studio” over-ear headphones. The image purportedly shows the “Sport variant” of Apple’s headphones with a mesh design of sorts, and it comes from the @choco_bit account.

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Apple Headphones Stories September 2, 2020

Rumors about Apple’s plans to make its own pair of over-ear headphones have been circulating for more than two years. More details about what to expect have emerged recently, including news that a release in 2020 is still likely. Read on as we round up everything we know so far about Apple’s next push into the headphone industry with AirPods Studio.

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Apple Headphones Stories May 19, 2020

Apple is planning to manufacture its upcoming over-ear AirPods Studio headphones in Vietnam, according to a new report from The Information. The report explains that this comes as Apple looks to “diversify manufacturing away from China.”

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Apple Headphones Stories May 11, 2020

We’ve been hearing about Apple’s upcoming over-ear headphones for some time, with evidence from multiple sources pointing to the official launch later this year. And now 9to5Mac has learned more exclusive details about the “AirPods Studio”, including specifications and settings, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Apple Headphones Stories May 9, 2020

Rumor: ‘AirPods Studio’ name and $349 price for Apple’s over-ear headphones

A new rumor suggests Apple’s over-ear headphones will carry the “AirPods Studio” branding with a $350 price point. The headphones are expected to be released later this year, according to reports from sources including Bloomberg and Ming-Chi Kuo.

Apple Headphones Stories May 2, 2020

Earlier this week, we walked through everything we know so far about Apple’s rumored over-ear headphones. One of the details that will likely go unknown until an official announcement is how much these will cost. What would you be willing to pay?

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