The new AirPods rumors are now coming thick and fast: after the hints about production delays we heard yesterday, we got a tip today that Apple’s upcoming wireless over-ear headphones will be called the AirPods Studio. The tip comes from the usually trustworthy Jon Prosser and carries quite a bit of weight – but as always, there’s nothing official until Apple says there is. Product plans can change quickly, especially with coronavirus sweeping the world.
Prosser says the new AirPods Studio will cost $350, putting them at the same price point as the current Beats Studio 3. With the small AirPods earbuds an unqualified blow, it’s no surprise to see Apple add more products with the branding. And what about the AirPods X? That was the name previously associated with the Apple over-ear headphones rumors, but it looks like the AirPods X will actually be a sportier version of the regular AirPods, perhaps in line with the Powerbeats Pro.
We have already heard enough about these over-ear headphones, although the details have not always been adjusted. One of the leading Apple analysts in the industry, Ming-Chi Kuo, has said that Apple will launch a product in this category sometime this year. Earlier rumors had set the price at $399, so it seems that these headphones could come at a more affordable level than we expected. It is not yet clear how Apple could price this AirPods Studio internationally.
We’ve even seen icons that potentially represent the AirPods Studio in the early code of iOS 14. With iOS 14 officially announced by Apple in June, that’s a good guess for when these over-ear headphones might break down. All this is independent of an update to the standard AirPods, which we now expect every day. It looks like 2020 is going to be a big year in Apple’s audio department, so you might want to start saving right now.