Over-ear AirPods headphones might pile on advanced features

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Soon, it'll be all in the neck and not the ear.
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Apple’s rumored over-the-ear headphones will include sensors to detect if they have been removed from the owner’s head or neck to stop or start audio, according to a Monday report from 9to5Mac. The headphones apparently will offer customizable equalizer settings as well.

Current AirPods detect when they have been removed from the ear to control playback. But the on-ear headphones — reported last week to be called “AirPods Studio” by frequent leaker Jon Prosser — will work differently.

According to 9to5Mac:

“Neck detection can be used to keep the headset turned on while the music is paused, just like when you take just one of the AirPods out of the ear…. Another new sensor will be able to detect left and right ears to automatically route the audio channels. That means there’s likely no right or wrong side to use AirPods Studio, whereas current headphones have fixed left and right channels.

The reports says the headphones will “unlock custom equalizer settings, with low, medium, and high frequency adjustments.”

With a rumored price tag of $350, the AirPods Studio headphones look to be an Apple-branded alternative to the wireless Beats Solo Pro with active noise cancellation.