Apple is thought to have been working on a pair of premium over-ear headphones, dubbed “AirPods Studio”, but Apple tipster Jon Prosser says they won’t be completed until October 20.
“AirPods Studio mass production isn’t complete until October 20,” reads his tweet. Prosser says he’s received this tidbit from a source. The leaker has a pretty reliable track record predicting Apple’s moves, but he’s had his fair share of misses so keep that in mind.
This leaves it open for announcement during the October 13th iPhone event.
It could also be possible that they’re released via press release at the end of this month.
Or pushed to the November event.
Personally, I don’t know which route they’ll take for sure.
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) October 7, 2020
“I suppose they could still announce them at the October 13 event and ship them at the end of this month or beginning of next,” he speculated.
Apple’s scheduled its “Hi, Speed” new iPhone 12 event on October 13, which is next Tuesday. Assuming Proser is right and there are no further manufacturing delays, Apple is likely to unveil the headphones at the event ahead of whatever they’re planning on shipping the accessory.
Another sign that an AirPods Studio launch may be imminent: Apple earlier in the week has stopped carrying speakers and headphones from Sonos, Bose and Logitech on its store shelves. Right now, the only audio headphones you can find with the search feature of the online Apple store are Apple’s own AirPods, AirPods Pro and Beats products.
These upcoming over-ear headphones from Apple should feature head and neck detection, active noise cancellation, Hey Siri, Apple’s custom headphone chip, equalizer settings, Apple’s U1 chip for spatial awareness from the iPhone 11 family and other perks. The product is reportedly being assembled in Vietnam, with production having started in May.
At any rate, seems like the AirPods Studio are coming in time for the holidays.