Apple has already conquered the world of wireless earbuds. The AirPods Pro was named best product of 2019 by this blog. Now, Apple is hoping to finally conquer the world of headphones, giving Bose and Sony a run for their money. Mac Rumors has the news.
“AirPods Studio will join the AirPods lineup with the AirPods 2 and the AirPods Pro, and the new headphones will be distinct from Apple’s existing Beats lineup, which features several over-ear headphones options.”
The article adds that the over-the-ear headphones will feature active noise cancelling, equalizer settings, and head and neck detection. They are expected to be announced at the WWDC 2020 conference on June 22. They could start shipping by the end of June or beginning of July, and the software for these cans has been finalized.
According to 9To5Mac, Apple’s new headphones will also feature a sensor that will be able to detect your left and right ears and automatically route the audio channels. This means that you don’t have to worry about putting the headphones on backwards. (Yes, it happens. I do it with my Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 all the time.) The headphones will also allegedly be released in two variations – one using leather fabrics and another with lighter materials for fitness use.
Most sources say the AirPods Studio headphones will cost $349, and the price could be worth it if Apple lives up to their reputation. However, the sound quality will have to be better than the AirPods Pro buds, even though those have great sound quality. The active noise cancellation will also have to improve from the Pros in order to compete with the excellent noise cancellation that Bose and Sony offers with their latest headphones.
Then, there is the call quality. Many companies don’t realize this, but people care a lot about using their headphones for phone calls. Bose realizes this and has done an excellent job making one heard, even in a crowded room. Sony has yet to make headphones that offer great phone quality, but that may change with the upcoming WH-1000XM4 cans.
Can Apple revolutionize wireless headphones like they have done with wireless earbuds? Will this be another example of Apple being late to the game? We’ll find out in another couple weeks. The AirPods Studio is shaping up to be the most exciting product release of the summer.