Is this what Apple’s new headphones will look like?
Two over-ear models could be heading our way.
While the design of Apple’s original AirPods was widely mocked when they first appeared in 2016, the tech giant has had the last laugh – the white wireless earbuds are now a staple of the street. Even, perhaps, as recognisable as the original iPod earphones became back in the noughties. It’s no surprise, then, that Apple is apparently planning to expand the line-up with a pair of over-ear wireless headphones.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on two versions of the headphones: a fitness-focussed model, and a more premium edition featuring “leather-like fabrics”. Perhaps most excitingly, several elements such as the ear pads will attach magnetically “so they can be replaced by the user” – potentially making the headphones customisable (like the Apple Watch and its many straps, perhaps?).
With no images doing the rounds, we can only guess what they’ll look like – but we’re sure they’ll be a great-sounding set of cans for iPhone users (don’t forget to check out our best iPhone apps for designers if that’s you).
While we have no idea how the headphones will look, German company Curved was ahead of the curve (sorry) back in 2018, when it put together this render (above) of what Apple headphones might look like if they took their design cue from the company’s HomePod speaker. We love the retro styling – particularly the use of the old Apple rainbow logo.