Apple AirPods Studio May Ship for Christmas, Leak Suggests

Self Twitter leakster L0vetodream is right (and usually is), Apple has another “one more thing” in store for us in 2020. Apple hardware news enthusiast tweeted on November 14 that Cupertino has in store for us a Christmas surprise, something that will be good for the winter. Could it be the legendary Apple AirPods Studio over-the-ear headphones?

An unexpected, but probably credible loss

L0vetodream has made a number of Apple predictions over the past year or so, and it has been perfect every time. The problem is that leaks are usually cryptic. In June 2020, L0vetodream tweeted an acronym that no one could interpret: “iafwcwtncgab”. When the new iPad Air was announced in September, in green and blue alongside existing color choices, the Twitter user explained the acronym. “IPad Air 4 will come with two new colors green and blue.”

This time around, all we’re getting is that it’s a winter exclusive and okay for the winter. A lot of jokes came from this leak, including Apple gloves and even Apple underwear (a popular Christmas present. One tip, though, makes a lot of sense: the alleged Apple AirPods Studio.

You will get a Christmas surprise from Apple (PS : Winter exclusive 、 Good for winter)

– 有 没有 搞 措 (@ L0vetodream) November 14, 2020

Apple AirPods Studio for Christmas, anyone?

We’ve heard for a while that Apple has been working on a pair of high-end over-the-ear headphones that might be called the Apple AirPods Studio. This product will mark the first Apple-branded over-the-ear headphones Cupertino has released, as they have always been Beats products.

A conceptual image of the Apple AirPods Studio, created by Jon Prosser

Rumors suggest that Apple AirPods Studio will bring active noise cancellation, equalizer settings that you can control from your Mac or iOS device, as well as head and neck detection. This would be similar to ear detection in the AirPods.

We’ve been monitoring rumors and leaks about over-the-ear headphones for a while. As late as Oct. 26, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that the headphones would not be released until 2021. He reported that the product was due to go into production weeks ago. Problems with the headband caused a delay.

It could be that Apple has solved the problem and is ready to start production. Given how close we are to Christmas, though, it might be tight. I expect Cupertino to either really push the production process or risk shortages. After all, there are only 41 days to Christmas and Apple hasn’t even announced a key release event.