Appleit is (NASDAQ: AAPL) Rumors that over-ear headphones could hit store shelves in June.
This is according to Jon Prosser, a serial Apple informant who turned to Twitter earlier this week make the claim, claiming that Apple will launch on-ear headphones at its global developer conference to be held almost in June. According to Prosser, Apple internally refers to the headset as the B515. They will cost $ 350 at launch and would be similar to the Bose 700 model, high-end noise canceling headphones that cost around $ 350.
Rumors have been circulating for years that Apple is rolling out an alternative to its headphones, and now to AirPods, but the recent leak of the iOS 14 code has given the rumors more legitimacy. 9to5Mac has spotted two different helmet icons in the new iOS code, which implies that the tech leader will be revealing two helmet design choices. Headset icons have been used throughout iOS 14 code, providing the clearest evidence to date Apple is launching in-ear headphones.
Prosser also said that Apple is preparing to launch AirPods X in September or October. These AirPods are designed for sports enthusiasts and should be similar to Apple’s BeatsX. The price for these will be $ 200, according to Prosser, double the price of BeatsX.
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Apple on-ear headphones
Code name: B515
(Think Beats 700)
Intended for WWDC
Code name: B517
For sport / running
(think Beats X)
~ $ 200
For September / October
☝️ Probably what DigiTimes thought to be “AirsPods Pro Lite”
Final objective: gradually eliminate Beats 🤫
– Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) April 7, 2020
Apple’s ultimate goal is to phase out the Beats brand. Apple wants to make their headphones in-house and stick their own logo on them, said Prosser, noting that Apple sells Beats products to employees at a 40% discount to get rid of the inventory. The iPhone maker spent $ 3 billion to acquire Beats Electronics in 2014, its largest acquisition to date.