Apple working on high-end over-ear headphones with 'interchangeable parts'
What you need to know
- Apple might be working on new headphones!
- Bloomberg says that they are high-end over-ear wireless headphones.
- They will have interchangeable parts for varying uses, such as fitness and comfort.
Apple may be working on new over-ear premium wireless headphones with parts that can be "swapped in and out" according to Bloomberg.
In a breaking report Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu stated:
The report notes that prototypes of the headphones "have a retro look with oval-shaped ear cups that swivel and a headband connected by thin, metal arms. The arms stem from the top of the ear cups rather than the sides, the people added."
The pads of these headphones are reportedly magnetic so that they can be replaced by a user. This could allow users to change cups between different materials for different uses, such as exercise.
Apple's noise-cancellation technology from the AirPods Pro will reportedly feature, as will Siri voice control and integrated touch controls. The headphones are aimed at the high-end offerings from Bose, Sennheiser, and Sony which retail around $350. The report also states these headphones have been delayed:
This lines up directly with a recent Jon Prosser leak suggesting that Apple plans to launch over-ear headphones at WWDC. From that report:
Bloomberg says Apple plans to unveil the product "later this year" however this could be subject to more disruption. This is the second pretty concrete rumor we've seen regarding Apple's own over-ear high-end headphones, which now seem to be a lock for an upcoming release.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9