"AirPods Studio" could feature neck/ear detection and custom EQ settings

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What you need to know

  • Apple's "AirPods Studio" headphones will feature "neck detection".
  • It will also detect the left and right ears and route audio automatically.
  • Custom equalizer settings will also be available when connected to an iOS device or Mac.

Over the weekend, it was reported that Apple's rumored over-the-ear headphones would be sticking to the AirPods branding and be called "AirPods Studio". Now, it appears that more details have leaked about some of the features of the new headphones.

Reported by 9to5Mac, the headphones will feature "neck detection", meaning that the headphones will understand when you take them off and put them around your neck. When detected, the music, podcast, or video you are watching will automatically pause.

"One of the key features of regular AirPods is ear detection, which automatically pauses the song when you take the earphones off. We've learned that AirPods Studio will have a similar feature, but it will work in a different way. Instead of ear detection, Apple is working to include sensors that can detect whether the headphones are on your head or neck."

You'll also apparently be able to use the headphones without searching for which side is left or right. They will detect left or right ear and route the audio accordingly.

"Another new sensor will be able to detect left and right ears to automatically route the audio channels. That means there's likely no right or wrong side to use AirPods Studio, whereas current headphones have fixed left and right channels."

You'll also be able to adjust custom equalizer settings when the headphones are paired to an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

"As AirPods Studio are expected to be mainly focused on professional users, pairing the earphones with a Mac or iOS device will unlock custom equalizer settings, with low, medium, and high frequency adjustments available, sources told us."

The "AirPods Studio" headphones, according to Ming-Chi Kuo and other reports, will be released later this year for $349 and feature interchangeable parts.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.