The video shares an “exclusive” update from XDA Developer‘s Max Weinbach about the AirPods Studio, who says that says the firmware for the over-ear headphones has been “finalized” and is ready to go onto the production units.
This new intel backs up a May report by The Information, which says that Apple suppliers Goertek and Luxshare will assemble “at least a portion of the headphones in Vietnam and begin shipments to Apple in June or July”.
We’ve been hearing about the over-ear AirPods for much longer than that, though. Back in 2018, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, claimed that Apple was working on updated AirPods as well as “own-brand, high-end over-ear headphones with an all-new design”.
The headphones, which are tentatively known as the AirPods Studio, could well be the smartest headphones we’ve ever seen if rumors of clever ear-detecting sensors are to be believed.
As such, we’re not expecting the new AirPods Studio to come with a budget-friendly price. In fact, respected Apple leaker Jon Prosser has claimed that the new cans will cost $349 (about £280 / AU$530) – the same price as the best headphones of 2020, the Sony WH-1000XM3.
We’re also expecting to see active noise cancellation, wireless connectivity, and Apple’s well-established slick design when the AirPods Studio are finally revealed – and with everything pointing to a June 22 release date, we may not have to wait long.