Apple ‘AirPods Studio’ Leak Details Neck and Head Detection and More

Last week, leaker Jon Prosser detailed Apple’s rumoured ‘AirPods Studio over-ear headphones, set to retail for $349 USD.

Now, 9to5Mac is out with some exclusive details regarding AirPods Studio, learning some specs and settings, according to unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

“Instead of ear detection, Apple is working to include sensors that can detect whether the headphones are on your head or neck,” reports Filipe Espósito.

The assumption is AirPods Studio will stop and start depending on whether the headphones are on your neck and on your head. Essentially, you want music to stop? Take AirPods Studio off your ears, like you would AirPods.

9to5Mac’s source also details a new sensor that will allow AirPods Studio to be worn with any side facing the front or back, allowing for left and right audio channels to switch by themselves.

AirPods Studio will also feature Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode found in AirPods Pro. The headphones will also have custom equalizer settings “with low, medium, and high-frequency adjustments available,” says the site.

Apple’s new headphones geared for professional users also will come in at least two colours—white or black—based on leaked iOS 14 code, adds 9to5Mac.

Bloomberg previously reported AirPods Studio would include interchangeable parts, come in leather or fitness-focused materials. The goal is for customizable over-ear headphones, allowing for both sport and business use, similar to swapping Apple Watch bands. The reported launch of these new headphones would be sometime later in 2020.