Apple may delay their Over-the-Ear headphones due to Coronavirus. Bloomberg says that “he current supply chain disruptions as a result of the coronavirus, release timelines for upcoming Apple products (that aren’t business-critical like iPhones) are always going to be somewhat unpredictable.”
Now that we have that out of the way let’s talk about the other highlights of Bloomberg’s report. According to Bloomberg, Apple is developing two variations of the headphones, a leather model and another using materials similar to Apple’s Sport Watch Bands. The report goes on to detail that the headphones will have interchangeable parts:
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.Bloomberg
With Apple’s success in wearable devices like Apple Watch and AirPods, Apple looks poised to deliver a competitor to other high end headphones from Bose, Sony & Microsoft.
What else might we see in a first party Apple Over-the-Ear Headphones? We will likely see Apple’s H1 chip, Hey Siri features, Auto-pause feature.