Rumors that Apple is working on a pair of over-the-ear wireless headphones date as far back as 2018. They resurfaced again last month when icons for the device were spotted in iOS 14's code together with an alleged fall launch window.
Now, the rumors have picked up pace yet again. Citing people familiar with the matter (who asked not to be identified), Bloomberg reported that the Cupertino firm's over-the-ear wireless headphones will come with parts that can be swapped out and will have at least two variants. One of these will have breathable materials with small perforations and will be geared towards fitness while the other will focus on a more premium feel complete with leather-like fabric.
Apropos the exchangeable components and design ideology, the prototypes apparently exhibit a retro look with oval-shaped ear cups that swivel and a thin, metal headband that extends from the top of the ear cups. Further, the ear pads and headband padding will be magnetically attached to the headphone's body allowing users to swap them out.
Other expected and rumored features include noise cancellation, wireless pairing, and Siri for voice control. With over-the-ear wireless headphones, the intention at Apple is to complement its already lucrative AirPods lineup and compete with high-end offerings from Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser.
Though as it goes for all rumors, it is advisable to take them with a pinch of salt, especially considering the fact that this is Apple that we are talking about.