A pair of leakers this week posted new media that claim to show the latest addition to Apple's audio line-up: the Apple AirPods Studio.
AirPods Studio, rumored to be the first over-the-ear headphones from Apple, are one of the most highly-anticipated Apple products in recent memory as audiophiles and audio professionals alike look to get their hands on what are expected to be some of the smartest headphones ever.
One of the leakers, Jon Prosser, teased a new rendering of the latest headphones last week and came through this week with several rendered pictures he says were based on material leaked to him by an Apple insider.
AirPods Studio (codename: B515)- High quality leather / metal- Magnetic ear cups- Reversible - detects R/L ear- No headphone jack- USBC portThese are the renders we were making in order to protect the source. pic.twitter.com/6Abg2TgxiZSeptember 16, 2020
More images 👇 pic.twitter.com/kRI0M5eSF4September 16, 2020
The renders show a square housing with rounded corners rather than the typical round or oval housings seen on most over-the-ear headphones - which hints that the AirPods Studio might not be over-the-ear at all, but rather on-ear.
If that turns out to be accurate, it might make the headset's reported active noise cancelling less effective. Assuming the headphones are as "smart" as the rumors say they are, if they turn out to be on-ear instead, Apple may have some new tech in store that we don't know about just yet.
This is especially true since - as a potential rival to the Sony WH-1000XM4, which has phenomenal noise-cancelling among its other many features - the AirPods Studio will have to bring something particularly new to the table in order to stand out in a crowded field of more-established audio equipment makers.
But, if anyone can pull that off, it'll be Apple - just ask Motorola and Blackberry.
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Can you hear that? The sound of more leaks...
According to MacRumors, another leaker, Fudge, appears to have gotten the same video and images that Prosser received and posted the image and video themselves to Twitter.
The picture potentially shows the "Sport" variant of the AirPods Studio - in what looks to be Apple's Space Gray color scheme - which are rumored to be lighter and feature removable and washable ear cushions.
Probably Sport variant of Apples headphonesPersonally not impressed, looks too much like 2 Palm Pre's attached to 2 tuning forks :/ hard to unseeLooks a lot like what @markgurman described in April, but with homepod mesh pic.twitter.com/dzAufRRl7mSeptember 16, 2020
The case for the AirPods Studio is also featured in a video that Fudge posted to Twitter, showing the AirPods Studio in the classic Apple White.
Watermark-less white. I did say they looked a bit worse IMO pic.twitter.com/AiYNMyfktRSeptember 16, 2020
These latest leaks - especially the video - look like the real deal, but until we see any official word from Apple, it all remains speculation at this point.
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