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Apr 12, 2001

To go along with the AirPods and the HomePod, Apple is rumored to be working on a set of high-end over-ear headphones that, like its other two products, will be Apple branded rather than Beats branded.

The rumor originated in a February report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often accurately predicts Apple's plans. Kuo says Apple is planning to launch high-end over-ear headphones that marries the convenience of AirPods with better sound quality.


Designers over at have taken these rumors and created renderings imagining what Apple-branded over-ear headphones could look like.

The headphones take design elements from the HomePod, such as the acoustic fabric covering and the touch panel that includes a visible Siri waveform, and existing Beats headphones like the Solo3.


On headphones, of course, you wouldn't see the waveform while wearing them so this may not be an entirely realistic concept, but it's interesting to see the HomePod design distilled down into headphones.

curvedappleheadphonesconcept3-800x533.jpg has imagined the headphones in both black and white, with the touch panel also able to display other graphics like a rainbow Apple logo, and there's a simple wireless charging stand included in the concept.


Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple could release the headphones as soon as the fourth quarter of 2018, which is fairly late in the year, so we could see them delayed until 2019. Kuo's rumor has been corroborated by Bloomberg, with the site adding that noise-canceling features could be included.

Is this what you think Apple-branded headphones might look like? Let us know in the comments.

Article Link: Concept Imagines What Rumored Apple Over-Ear Headphones Might Look Like
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macrumors 6502a
Dec 12, 2009
A headset like this, with an improved W1 chip and Bluetooth 5 would be quite interesting. I think it's clear that Apple will continue to expand to new products more and more over the coming years, as further growth with iPhones and iPads won't come as easily.

Babu Life

macrumors regular
Sep 8, 2016
I hope they dont have the Siri on the side. Way too bulky I think for Apples designs usually
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macrumors 68000
Mar 7, 2014
This doesn't look too bad... minus the tacky and very unnecessary Siri light. Wireless headphones should be built to... I don't know... maximize battery life maybe?
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Staff member
Dec 9, 2008
Ooh, I always love when Apple is rumored to be entering a new product category, and the concept images start rolling in!

Yeah, this is dead on; Apple's over-ear headphones will look like somebody miscast a transfiguration spell on a HomePod. Exterior speaker grills(?) and all.

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macrumors 6502a
Jul 20, 2014
What's this article on about...? Apple DOES sell over-ear headphones. The cheap plastic and ugly...



macrumors 65816
Jul 17, 2011
What's this article on about...? Apple DOES sell over-ear headphones. The cheap plastic and ugly...


And incredibly uncomfortable. Bose aren’t the best looking headphones, but if you want wireless and something comfortable to wear for many hours, nothing beats them.

Would love to see Apple match that level of comfort and wearability, but raise the bar on sound quality.
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macrumors member
Feb 1, 2017
The original report said “a brand new design” “as convenient as AirPods.”

So no, they won’t be this conventional.

Exactly Michael! You are absolutely right on this one, this was the first thing that came to my mind as well when I saw them here! I couldn’t agree with you more...Apple’s headphone will be for sure uniquely designed, a completely new product...
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macrumors 6502
Oct 29, 2008
The sensible thing would be to purchase the design of the PM3 planar magnetic phones from Oppo-digital, now they are exiting the business. These are superb phones and all that is needed is a minor update of the appearance and replacement of the synthetic ear pads with real leather. Far cheaper and I suspect better than anything Apple will develop in house.
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