Apple plans to release over-ear headphones in 2020. It’ll continue to design and release Beats products, but Apple sees an opportunity to build out a lineup of self-branded audio equipment through the AirPods, AirPods Pro, and HomePod.
So when will the ‘AirPods Studio’ arrive? We don’t know the exact answer, but DigiTimes reports that Apple and its suppliers recently entered the over-ear headphones into production. Vietnam-based partners previously intended to distribute shipments in June or July, and that appears likely to remain on track if production commenced already. Unitech Printed Circuit Board and Compeq Manufacturing are partnering with Apple to manufacture the AirPods Studio, according to the report.
In addition to premium audio, MacRumors indicates the AirPods Studio are rumored to feature ear and headband padding that attach through magnets,
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