Twitter account @choco_bit has shared images they claim to be our first real look at Apple’s “AirPods Studio” sports edition. The image shows what looks like a very cheap version of headphones. The overhead strap appears to have a mesh in the inner with thin legs connecting it to the actual earpiece.
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. They asked not to be identified discussing products that haven’t been announced.
The ear pads and headband padding attach to the frame of the headphones magnetically so they can be replaced by the user. That approach is similar to some headphones from Master & Dynamic and Bowers & Wilkins, though those models only have magnetic ear pads. Apple’s more modular design will allow users to customize their headphones like they do with the Apple Watch. The design may also mean the same set of headphones would be convertible from comfort to fitness use and back again, the people said.
The description from Bloomberg matches what the image shows. However, @choco_bit does say the headphones shown is the sports variant and not the main model. The AirPods Studio is expected to debut alongside the iPhone 12 in October. Learn more about the rumored product here.