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Apple preps Beats Studio Buds to compete against AirPods


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

5 ways AirPods Max let me down


AirPods Max playing music on Spotify
AirPods Max are great for lots of genres of music, or for watching video content, but...
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I love the idea of good-sounding, comfortable, high-quality headphones. And Apple’s new AirPods Max definitely check those boxes.

They offer great sound and they’re super-comfortable to wear, even for longer periods of time. On top of that, they pack all the things that make AirPods magical in a very premium package.

But even with those awesome features, AirPods Max aren’t for everyone, and that includes me. As much as I’ve loved my AirPods and AirPods Pro, these kind of let me down.

AirPods Max headphones officially go on sale, priced $549


AirPods Max are the first over-the-ear headphones sold under the Apple brand.
AirPods Max offer Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency mode, and spatial audio.
Photo: Apple

Apple’s fancy AirPods Max headphones officially go on sale today, meaning that if you were lucky (or just organized) enough to have ordered them online right away, they should be winging their way to your home as you read this.

They are also available to buy in Apple Stores, although don’t expect plentiful supplies.

Mix and match AirPods Max ear cushions for cool color combos


AirPods Max red and black
This red and black AirPods Max color combo isn’t available from Apple, but you can make it yourself.
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Those with very deep pockets can make their AirPods Max colors even more personalized. Ear cushions for the headphones are replaceable and come in a variety of hues. They sure aren‘t cheap, though.

But save some money for a charger, because there’s no power adapter in the box.

Leaks give us first uninspiring look at AirPods Studio headphones


AirPods Studio will apparently look much like this.
Apple’s is prepping a pair of over-the-ear headphones, possibly as part of phasing out its Beats brand.
Render: Jon Prosser/cconceptcreator

After months of near quiet, a images and even video leaked out supposedly showing Apple’s first over-the-ears headphones, possibly called AirPods Studio.

If real, these show the headphones will have a squarish design, with curved edges and corners.

Third-gen AirPods to enter production in early 2021


AirPods sales
That means a lengthy wait for your next upgrade.
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Apple’s third-generation AirPods will enter mass-production during the first half of 2021 ahead of a release next year, according to one reliable analyst on Thursday.

Apple hopes the refresh will save falling demand for second-generation AirPods. Its next AirPods Pro units won’t enter mass-production until the fourth-quarter of next year at the earliest.

iMac redesign, cheaper HomePod, new Apple TV reportedly coming in 2020


iMac Apple
It's been almost eight years since the last iMac redesign.
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A redesigned iMac, a more affordable HomePod, and a powerful new Apple TV are just some of the products Apple has planned for 2020, according to one reliable reporter.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman also revealed expectations for the 5G iPhone lineup, scheduled to launch this fall, and for a 14-inch MacBook Pro during a Twitter Q&A with followers on Tuesday.

Apple over-ear headphones with interchangeable parts coming ‘later this year’


But COVID-19 could spoil that plan.
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Apple will deliver its new over-ear headphones, with interchangeable ear pads and other parts, “later this year,” claims a Thursday report from Bloomberg.

The company is said to be working on at least two variations of the product, including one “premium version” and another focused on fitness with a lighter design. Like AirPods Pro, they will be wireless with active noise-cancellation.

Apple readies new headphones, AirPods X; plans to ‘phase out Beats’


Is this the beginning of the end for the Beats brand?
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Apple is readying new over-ear headphones and “AirPods X” for 2020 as it plans to slowly “phase out Beats,” a tipster claimed Tuesday.

We could see the company’s new over-ear headphones during the online-only Worldwide Developers Conference this June. However, the company’s sportier take on AirPods is expected to come in the fall. Currently, Apple is supposedly working to clear out Beats inventory.