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Apple AirTags reputedly launching next month with iOS 14.3, but production issues push AirPods Studio release until December 2020 at the earliest

The AirPods Studio may not arrive until March 2021, but the AirTags may debut next month. (Image source: Jon Prosser & Concept Creator)
The AirPods Studio may not arrive until March 2021, but the AirTags may debut next month. (Image source: Jon Prosser & Concept Creator)
The AirPods Studio may not be arriving until December at the earliest, according to a new report. March 2021 is another likely candidate for the release window of Apple's over-ear headphones, which are rumoured to cost up to US$599. The AirTags are now slated to arrive next month alongside iOS 14.3, though.
Alex Alderson,

Jon Prosser has delivered yet more updates on the AirPods Studio and AirTags, Apple's upcoming over-ear headphones and location tags. Last week, Prosser informed his fans that Apple would not showcase either product at Tuesday's hardware event, which turned out just be a vehicle for showcasing the iPhone 12 series and the HomePod mini. Apple also announced the launch date of the new iPad Air, having unveiled the fourth-generation tablet last month.

Previously, Prosser claimed that Apple had delayed the release of the AirTags until March 2021 owing to the 'COVID situation in the Eastern market'. However, this is apparently no longer the case. Instead, Apple will release the AirTags with iOS 14.3, which he insists is 'supposed to be next month'. Prosser asserts that the AirTags are ready to go, with the release date coming down to when 'Apple *feels*' the time is right instead of production-related restrictions.

By contrast, Apple has reputedly hit a 'major hiccup' in the production of the AirPods Studio. Prosser claims that Apple has had to cut a few key features from its over-ear headphones, although he has not stated which ones. The headphones, which are reported to cost upwards of US$599 for the luxury model, will not be ready to ship until December at the earliest. Apple could announce the AirPods Studio next month if there are no other issues, Prosser asserts, but it is 'also just as likely' that the headphones will not arrive until March 2021.

A render of how the luxury edition of the AirPods Studio will look. (Image source: Jon Prosser & Concept Creator)
A render of how the luxury edition of the AirPods Studio will look. (Image source: Jon Prosser & Concept Creator)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-10-15 (Update: 2020-10-15)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.