First glimpse of high-end Apple over-ear headphones leaked in iOS 14 update

Apple iOS 14 glyph shows new headphones
Apple's newest over-ears could be price-comparable to the Beats Studio3 wireless (above) (Image credit: Apple)

Another day, another Apple over-ear headphones leak. You might remember respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's prediction back in January that Apple was working on new wireless cans, for release in early 2020. You might also recall the appearance of 'Apple AirPods (Generation X)' over-ears in Target's product inventory – along with a $399.99 price tag. 

Apple itself is fond of a coy product leak too, often choosing to tease its new headgear in iOS updates. Back in December, evidence found in Apple's iOS 13.3 update indicated a "Powerbeats4" model. Cast your mind back just a little further, to October 2019, and you might even recollect an icon spotted in the iOS 13.2 software update that we now know proved a pretty accurate likeness of the Apple AirPods Pro

True to form, Apple's latest iOS 14 update includes a new glyph, which 9to5Mac  went and spotted early doors – and it appears to show Apple's new wireless over-ear headphones. 

Apple iOS 14 glyph shows new headphones

(Image credit: 9to5Mac)

Now, it's hardly a depiction as detailed as the recent FCC filing for the aforementioned Powerbeats4, but what we can see from the admittedly simple icon above is two sets of over-ear, wireless headphones in different colourways: black (or space grey) and white. The cans have sizable earcups with generous grey padding on the inside, and no apparent wires. 

Although the glyph itself can only tell us so much, it does go some way to support the three SKU numbers seen in Target's product inventory system two weeks ago (suggesting three potential colourways) and the $400 price point, which would make the over-ears Apple's most premium headphone offering to date. 

The Cupertino giant's Beats subsidiary brand currently offers the Beats Pro over-ears at £349.95 / $399.95 / AU$499.95, or the slightly cheaper Beats Studio3 Wireless (main picture) for £299.95 / $349.95 / AU$449.95. Apple's own AirPods range is currently only available in white, of course.

While the long-rumoured cans' release date is still unknown, the icons in the leaked iOS 14 code are the clearest evidence yet that Apple is serious about releasing its own over-ear headphones. 


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Becky has been a full-time staff writer at What Hi-Fi? since March 2019. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, she freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 20-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance is of course tethered to a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo, This is Cabaret and The Stage. When not writing, she dances, spins in the air, drinks coffee, watches football or surfs in Cornwall with her other half – a football writer whose talent knows no bounds.