iOS 14 Icon Reveals Design of Apple’s First High-End, Over-the-Ear Headphones

Beats Solo 3 Gold

We know that Apple has been working on its own high-end headphones to offer alongside the AirPods and the AirPods Pro, and we’ve seen various hints at the upcoming device. Now, we have a first look at what the headphones might look like.

The folks over at 9To5Mac have found two new icons inside the iOS 14 code which point towards Apple’s upcoming high-end headphones. These headphones have an over-the-ear design, and they might cost higher than Beats’ Solo lineup of headphones. These icons are reportedly present across the iOS 14 operating system, be it in the status bar or in the battery status and charging widgets.

According to the two glyphs, we can assume that the Cupertino-based brand will offer its first over-the-ear headphones in two colors: Black (or Space Grey) and White. As we know already, the iPhone maker has been offering AirPods in only white, so an additional color would always be a nice addition. More colors such as red and gold are only on the offer via Beats-branded products.

AirPods Max Icon Design Leak

Features wise, we can expect the headphones to feature audiophile-grade audio quality and active noise cancellation, similar to or surpassing that of the AirPods Pro. The headphones could also offer the H1 Bluetooth chipset for a stronger connection, automatic pairing process, high-quality calls, and more. There could be an audio passthrough feature as well.

Previous patents also point towards a feature that pauses music playback when the headphones are removed and resume the playback when they’re worn again. This feature is already present in the AirPods and the AirPods Pro, both of which use optical sensors. Additionally, there could be an always-on ‘Hey Siri’ voice command detection feature.

We still don’t know how these headphones are charged. Whether Apple will rely on a case or use a Lightning or a USB Type-C port for charging. We think that the company would equip its upcoming, unannounced headphones with a Lightning port for charging. Ming-Chi Kuo had reported that Apple’s high-end headphones could launch in the first half of 2020 alongside AirTags and a wireless charger.

Our Take

We think that Apple will target audiophiles and professionals with its upcoming, high-end headphones. This strategy could be similar to how the company is targeting professionals with the new Mac Pro. They could feature a fairly flat audio tuning and refrain from adding any “color” to the sound. With features such as active noise cancellation, automatic wear detection, touch gestures, and long battery life, we expect them to cost upwards of $349, which is higher than the price of the Beats Studio 3 Wireless.

[Source: 9To5Mac]