AirPods Studio: Advanced detection features and custom EQ headed to Apple's WWDC 2020-bound over-ear headphones
Information about Apple's first over-ear headphones has been picking up steam lately, with Jon Prosser recently claiming that the headphones, codenamed B515, will be called the AirPods Studio. Previously reported by Mark Gurman to be highly customisable, 9to5Mac has now published more details about Apple's upcoming over-ear headphones.
Citing "people familiar with the matter", 9to5Mac claims that the AirPods Studio will support an advanced form of the ear detection that Apple includes with the AirPods and AirPods Pro. Apparently, Apple is working to include sensors that can not only detect when you have the headphones on your head, but also when you have them around your neck. 9to5Mac claims that the latter can be used to keep the AirPods Studio switched on with your music paused.
Additionally, another sensor will handle automatically detecting left and right ears. According to 9to5Mac, this could mean that the AirPods Studio will not have fixed channels, unlike almost all over-ear headphones and earbuds.
Expectedly, the AirPods Studio will support Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Apple's Transparency Mode. The headphones will support custom equaliser settings on macOS and iOS, too. 9to5Mac claims that these will include low, medium and high frequency adjustments.
Apple is expected to unveil the AirPods Studio at WWDC 2020, which begins on June 22. The over-ear headphones will apparently cost US$349 at launch too, matching the price of the Beats Studio 3.