Apple preps Beats Studio Buds to compete against AirPods

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Apple preps Beats Studio Buds to compete against AirPods
Apple could soon offer AirPods and Beats Studio Buds to rival each other.
Photo: 9to5Mac

In a brewing Apple vs. Apple battle, the iPhone-maker is reportedly working on Beats Studio Buds — a pair of in-ear wireless headphones with a lot in common with AirPods.

The odd circumstance comes because the company releases headphones under its own brand and also under the Beats brand.

iOS 14.6 reveals Beats Studio Buds

A smattering of details and two short videos of the upcoming Beats product were found by 9to5Mac in the iOS 14.6 release candidate that Apple seeded to developers on Monday.

The name Beats Studio Buds is allegedly listed. And the videos revealed that the headphones will be truly wireless and charge in a case. That makes them very different from, say, Beats PowerBeats. But quite similar to AirPods.

Speaking of similarity to AirPods, digging through the code turned up that the the Beats headphones will support “Hey, Siri” and offer noise cancellation. Presumably that means they’ll have an Apple H1 chip, just like the compoany’s other hearables.

It’s not clear in what way Studio Buds will be distinct from Apple’s other wireless earbuds. Aside from being black and not white, of course. And the prominent AirPods stem is missing.

Also unknown not known when Beats Studio Buds will be released. Or what they will cost.

But this leak comes on top of an unconfirmed report from last week that Apple put the former head of product design at phone-maker HTC in charge of crafting new Beats headphones.