It increasingly looks like Apple’s next big headphone release could be the Beats Studio Buds, rather than the AirPods 3. We only heard about this unexpected set of Buds last week, but there is has already had several image leaks showing the design, and this now includes a leaked live photo.
MySmartPrice has posted photos of what appears to be the case of the Beats Studio Buds, with no internal hardware or ear tips installed. While MySmartPrice couldn’t verify the images, the design closely matches the headphones seen in yesterday’s FCC documentation discovery as well as the initial iOS animation leak.
Once again, we can see a rounded, albeit slightly chunky shape, which represents a drastic change from previous Beats and Apple in-ear headphones. There aren’t any of the stabilizing features (like ear hooks) you get on fitness-focused models like the Powerbeats Pro, or AirPods or AirPods Pro-style rods with a force sensor.
If anything, the Beats Studio Buds, from the inward-facing angle used for these photos, look a lot more like the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro. Not that that would be a complaint, because aside from being some of the best noise-canceling headphones, Samsung’s effort is nice and comfortable.
However, we can’t see the outer side of the Beats Studio Buds, so these images don’t confirm whether the design will include tiny Earin A-3 style touch sensors, as seen in the leaked iOS animations.
We also don’t know what kinds of features the Beats Studio Buds might support, like active noise cancellation or spatial audio, or a release date. Still, since it’s already showing up in Apple’s software and with live photos of the leaking hardware, it’s likely to launch sooner rather than later.
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