Apple's stunning new AirPods Max alternative, Beats Studio Pro, are coming soon

Beats Studio Pro colors
(Image credit: Twitter user aaronp613)

The Beats Studio 3 were, at their time of release, some pretty impressive headphones. They sounded remarkably restrained for Beats headphones, with a more neutral sound signature, and the ANC was pretty good for the time. The problem was that the time was six years ago, in 2017. Since then, things have moved along a great deal in the headphone space, with countless contenders to the over-ear noise-canceling space joining the ring – not least of all Apple's AirPods Max.

Now Beats seem to be rejoining the fray, with an updated model of the Beats Studio named the Beats Studio Pro. In that naming convention where Pro now just means newer or more expensive, these aren't going to be reference headphones for a studio – but they might just be a great pair to wear on the bus.

New Beats Features

Spotted by aaronp613 on Twitter, there is a 'hint at a new Beats Headset' in the macOS 13.4 release candidate. Aaron has also managed to get his hands on some images of the new headphones, and there are a couple of things of note.

There's a USB-C port clearly visible on the bottom of the right ear cup for example, and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the other – something that the AirPods Max don't have. 9to5Mac reports that the headphones will have improved noise canceling, as well as a new transparency mode, and Personalised Spatial Audio. Of course, until the headphones have actually materialized none of this can be said for sure, but they are some exciting additions that bring the headphones up to the level of their competitors.

This news comes after the leaking of the Beats Studio Buds +, another new update to an older pair of Beats headphones. Unfortunately, it looks like there won't be a transparent version of the Studio Pro like the Studio Buds +, but images reveal there will be black, white, dark blue, and brown color options. We'll be keeping our ears to the ground for this one – until the AirPods Max 2 are announced, these will be Apple's newest over-ear headphones.

Tammy Rogers
Senior Staff Writer

As iMore's Senior Staff writer, Tammy uses her background in audio and Masters in screenwriting to pen engaging product reviews and informative buying guides. The resident audiophile (or audio weirdo), she's got an eye for detail and a love of top-quality sound. Apple is her bread and butter, with attention on HomeKit and Apple iPhone and Mac hardware. You won't find her far away from a keyboard even outside of working at iMore – in her spare time, she spends her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays. Also known to enjoy driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.