Apple’s Premium Over-Ear Headphones Reportedly Feature Interchangeable Parts

Apple’s AirPods have been a big hit for the company. Cupertino introduced a couple of audio products in the last few years, including products like the AirPods Pro and HomePod. At the same time, Apple has been releasing new audio products under the Beats brand.

For a long time, however, the company has been expected to introduce studio-quality over-ear headphones. The new premium headphones were expected to compete with other high-end over-ear headphones, but there hasn’t been a lot of details about the headphones since we first heard about it back in 2018.

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Today, Bloomberg is revealing some interesting new details on Apple’s upcoming high-end over-ear headphones. The new headphones will reportedly include interchangeable parts, allowing users to customize them. Apple is reportedly working on two different variants, one for regular use, with the other for fitness-focused customers.

The regular variant will include leather-like fabrics, whereas the fitness-focused variant will feature lighter, breathable materials.

The headphones reportedly have a retro look with oval-shaped ear cups, and a headband connected by metal arms. The interesting part, however, is how the ear pads and headband padding attach to the frame. Apple is apparently using a magnetic design so you can magnetically attach the ear pads and headband to the headphones. That adds new customization options, almost like the Apple Watch, where users will be able to swap out the ear pads and switch between different designs.

The design would also allow users to switch between the regular, comfortable variant and the fitness variant easily.

Apple is expected to ship the new over-ear headphones later this year, possibly along with the cheap new HomePods.

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  • bluvg

    16 April, 2020 - 12:14 pm

    <p>This would be a good design trend: replaceability of parts that wear down with use. But not from Apple–I can't imagine their premium pricing will align with that model.</p>

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