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The latest iOS and tvOS 14.6 betas reveal new 'Beats Studio Buds'

Beats Studio Buds
Beats Studio Buds (Image credit: Steve Moser)

Beats Studio Buds

Beats Studio Buds (Image credit: 9to5Mac)

What you need to know

  • iOS and tvOS 14.6 release candidate beta builds have revealed 'Beats Studio Buds.'
  • These will be the first completely wire-free Beats with no ear hooks.
  • They will come in several colors and include a carrying case.

A new leak from the iOS 14.6 and tvOS 14.6 betas have revealed Apple's upcoming wire-free Beats-branded earbuds, which will be called 'Beats Studio Buds.'

Unlike the other Beats earbuds that have come before it, the Studio Buds do not have ear wraps or ear hooks, and will be completely wire-free, unlike the Powerbeats Pro. These new Beats Studio Buds will be tiny in size and have an in-ear design that is reminiscent of Samsung Galaxy Buds and Google Pixel Buds. Leaked images show that the Beats Studio Buds will come in several colors, including black, white, and red. Of course, there will also be an oval-shaped case that matches the color you choose.

The new Beats Studio Buds match what we were expecting from the next generation AirPods Pro. While a lot of the focus of the rumor mill has been around the third-generation AirPods, there have been some reports that the second-generation AirPods Pro may feature a rounder, more compact design while ditching the stem that AirPods are known for.

The release date for the new Beats Studio Buds is still unknown. However, given the fact that it is now popping up in the iOS 14.6 betas that are the release candidate, it may be sooner rather than later.

If you're in the market for some new earbuds to listen to Apple Music's new lossless, Spatial Audio, and Dolby Atmos format upgrades, make sure to check out our favorite true wireless earbuds and noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones.

Christine Chan
Senior Editor

Christine Romero-Chan has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently the iMore lead on all things iPhone, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.

2 Comments
  • What makes you think these, or any in the linked articles will support the new lossless formats when the AirPods Max won't?
  • Exactly! It was just said yesterday that unless your headphones connect directly to the source, you can't experience lossless: "Apple has confirmed to The Verge that users will still get a big audio upgrade on AirPods Max when using a cable, but it won't technically be fully-fledged lossless audio." https://www.imore.com/airpods-max-dont-support-apple-musics-lossless-son...