WWDC 2020 to host the grand unveiling of the AirPods Studio, Apple's competitively priced over-ear headphones
New information about Apple's first over-ear headphones has struck again, following last month's bevvy of rumours. As we discussed last month, the headphones are expected to launch at WWDC 2020, which will begin on June 22. These may be joined by Air Tags, Apple's long-awaited Bluetooth trackers.
Additionally, the headphones will apparently be as customisable as an Apple Watch. According to Mark Gurman, the earcups and headband are magnetic, which is something that none of Apple's competitors currently offer.
Codenamed the B515, Prosser claims that Apple will bring the headphones under its AirPods brand. Called the AirPods Studio, Prosser has restated that the headphones will retail for US$349. While this would make them considerably more expensive than current AirPods, it would see Apple match other high-end over-ear headphone manufacturers like Sony and Bose. Conversely, Microsoft charges US$249 for the Surface Headphones 2, although it to matched Sony and Bose's US$349 price point with the original Surface Headphones.
The AirPods Studio will undoubtedly support AAC and may come in several materials. The jury is out on whether Apple will be bringing aptX, aptX HD or LDAC support to its premium over-ear headphones, though.