Sketchy 'AirPods Studio' image shared by leaker

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in General Discussion edited September 2020
A questionable image of what is said to be a prototype "AirPods Studio" shared by a known leaker shows a generic headphone design with mesh earpieces.

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Alleged "AirPods Studio" sport edition prototype. Image from: choco_bit


The long rumored "AirPods Studio" have been seen by prominent leakers Fudge, or @choco_bit on Twitter, and Jon Prosser. While Prosser has promised a video about the leaked headphones, Fudge has jumped the gun and shared some information in a few posts to Twitter.

Probably Sport variant of Apples headphones

Personally not impressed, looks too much like 2 Palm Pre's attached to 2 tuning forks :/ hard to unsee

Looks a lot like what @markgurman described in April, but with homepod mesh pic.twitter.com/dzAufRRl7m

-- Fudge (@choco_bit)


This was the final tweet in a series, and Fudge tells AppleInsider that the image is of the "AirPods Studio Sport variant in their current form." Apple often places their technology in ugly casings while testing them out in public, so that could explain the retro-inspired design. There is also a white variant with the same design, though not pictured.

The series of tweets described the design with images of various objects that attempted to convey it in an image.

Fudge describes the "AirPods Studio" as follows:
  • HomePod like mesh material on headband/ear pads
  • Leather variant in similar colors
  • Earcups connect via a stainless steel cylindrical arm
  • Earcups are on a swivel, similar to Beats by Dre headphones
  • Headband looks like "tuning forks"
  • Headband material seems puffy
  • Earcups looks like a Palm Pre, made of aluminum
  • Lightning charging port at the bottom of one cup
Beyond the questionable provenance of the images, it is not clear if what is here is a final design or a prototype design for testing purposes. The over-the-ear AirPods were first predicted by Ming-Chi Kuo in 2018, but increased frequency in leaks suggest an imminent release. Rumors indicate different variations of the "AirPods Studio" with changeable parts via magnetic connections.

Apple is set to have more events this fall to announce the "iPhone 12" lineup and their new Macs with Apple Silicon. The "AirPods Studio" could be revealed at those events. The latest Apple event showed off a new Apple Watch Series 6 and iPad Air 4, as well as a subscription bundle called Apple One.

Update: After publication, a video of the white "AirPods Studio" was shared by Fudge.

Watermark-less white.

I did say they looked a bit worse IMO pic.twitter.com/AiYNMyfktR

-- Fudge (@choco_bit)

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 3
    Jon Prosser is a little annoyed. 


    razorpitcornchiprepressthis
  • Reply 2 of 3
    pichael said:
    Jon Prosser is a little annoyed. 


    Burn an Apple leaker? Yes, please. They should be criminally charged.
  • Reply 3 of 3
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,526member
    pichael said:
    Jon Prosser is a little annoyed. 



    He's mad that someone outed his leaker so that he wouldn't get leaks?

    This is like a bank robber mad that another bank robber "burned" Wells Fargo as a target.
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