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Leaked AirPods Studio photo and renders confirm the design of Apple's upcoming US$349 over-ear headphones

A first look at the AirPods Studio. (Image source: @choco_bit)
A first look at the AirPods Studio. (Image source: @choco_bit)
A photo of the AirPods Studio has leaked online, sparking debate about Apple's rumoured US$349 over-ear headphones. The headphones feature an industrial design, but apparently multiple versions are in development. No 3.5 mm headphone jack will be present on the AirPods Studio, which should come as no surprise considering Apple's dislike of the port.
Alex Alderson,

The first sighting of the AirPods Studio has been leaked online. Rumours about Apple's first AirPods-branded over-ear headphones have been floating around for a while now, but information had dried up in the last few months. Unlike past leaks, this new one has been published by @choco_bit, a popular leaker on Twitter.

According to Mark Gurman and Jon Prosser, the AirPods Studio will have multiple advanced detection features, including neck detection. A magnetic headband and detachable earcups are thought to make their way to the AirPods Studio, too.

Naturally, the AirPods Studio will have active noise cancellation (ANC), like practically every other set of premium over-ear headphones. Apple is expected to price the AirPods Studio at US$349 too, matching the price of the Sony WH-1000XM4 and the launch price of the Bose QC 35 II. Apple is said to have included a magnetic headband and earcups, also.

We have been unable to confirm the authenticity of the picture. However, Jon Prosser seems to think that it is legitimate, at least from his angry response anyway. @choco_bit thinks that the photo is of a Sport variant, so Apple may be planning to release multiple editions of the AirPods Studio. Exactly when is unclear, though.

Prosser has also released concept renders, designed by @CConceptCreator, of the AirPods Studio, too. Prosser claims that he has released these rather than actual images to 'protect the source', make of that what you will. Additionally, the AirPods Studio will lack a 3.5 mm jack, as it is an Apple product after all. Instead, Prosser claims that Apple has included a USB Type-C port, which will presumably handle charging and wired audio output.

(Image source: @jon_prosser & @CConceptCreator)
(Image source: @jon_prosser & @CConceptCreator)
(Image source: @jon_prosser & @CConceptCreator)
(Image source: @jon_prosser & @CConceptCreator)
(Image source: @jon_prosser & @CConceptCreator)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-09-17 (Update: 2020-09-17)
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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.