The rumored Apple AirPods Studio, said to be Apple's first over-ear headphones, have taken another step towards an official unveiling, as Apple retail stores appear to be preparing for the arrival of new audio gear.
According to Bloomberg, both Apple's online store and its physical retail presence has begun removing speakers and headphones from third party sellers. Walk into your local Apple Store and you'll be unlikely to find products from the likes of Logitech, Sonos or Bose – all usually staples in the stores' audio aisles.
Look online, and you'll find that aside from Apple's own array of AirPods, AirPods Pro, HomePod speakers, and Beats headphones, the only other audio item on sale is a conference speaker from Pioneer – not the usual consumer gear the company usually stocks from third party brands.
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When will we see the AirPods Studio?
If we look at past Apple launches, a pattern is beginning to emerge. Take the launch of the first Apple Watch, for instance – its arrival into stores was paired with the removal of third-party fitness trackers from shelves, like the Fitbit.
It seems then that earlier rumors of an October launch, set to coincide with the expected arrival of the iPhone 12, remain on track.
From spatial sound to AR spectacles integration and a premium, metallic design, the AirPods Studio's potential spec sheet certainly makes them headphones to watch out for.
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Gerald is Editor-in-Chief of iMore.com. Previously he was the Executive Editor for TechRadar, taking care of the site's home cinema, gaming, smart home, entertainment and audio output. He loves gaming, but don't expect him to play with you unless your console is hooked up to a 4K HDR screen and a 7.1 surround system. Before TechRadar, Gerald was Editor of Gizmodo UK. He is also the author of 'Get Technology: Upgrade Your Future', published by Aurum Press.