No more beats branding: After the success of the AirPods, Apple will soon be launching over-ear headphones under its own brand. An icon spotted in iOS 14 now gives a first glimpse of what the headphones will look like.
The icon below, found by 9to5Mac in the iOS 14 code, shows for the first time the high-end headphones that Bloomberg had predicted two years ago. In fact, there are two icons that represent a light and a dark variant – a step forward after the AirPods (approx. 175 euros on Amazon) and the AirPods Pro (approx. 278 euros on Amazon) were only offered in white.
The icons also give a little information about how thick the ear pads and the padding on the headband will be – all in all, the icon reminds a little of the Beats Studio3 Wireless (approx. 290 euros on Amazon).
There is no confirmed information about the supported features yet, but it can be assumed that many of the functions of the AirPods Pro will also find their way into the over-ear headphones. This includes, for example, the function that automatically pauses music playback when you remove the headphones.
Active noise cancellation and transparency mode should also be included. All of these features and a few more, like “Hey Siri”, will probably be powered by Apple’s H1 chip, which will also be used in the new Apple Powerbeats 4.
According to the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s over-ear headphones are to be delivered this year, 9to5Mac expects a release in the autumn. That would also match the placement in the iOS 14 code.