Icon for Apple's Rumored Over-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones Discovered in Leaked iOS 14 Code

New icons for Apple's unannounced over-ear headphones have been discovered in leaked code for iOS 14 today (via 9to5Mac). The icons appear to relate to two different colors of the headphones: one white and one black, potentially similar to color options offered for the HomePod in White and Space Gray.

AirPods Max

Image via 9to5Mac

The icons found in the iOS 14 code relate to use in the operating system's battery and charging widget, similar to where you'll currently see AirPods and Beats headphones appear today. The design of the headphones falls in line with what is largely expected from Apple's first party over-ear headphones, with two large, padded cups that appear in style to the Beats Studio3 line.

The over-ear Apple headphones have been rumored for a few years now, and could include features like auto-pausing and auto-resuming when removing and replacing the headphones, noise cancelation, and quick connection to iOS devices. Because the new icons were uncovered in leaked iOS 14 code, this could mean the headphones will launch after iOS 14 in the fall, but of course nothing is confirmed as of yet.

Since 2018, rumors have predicted launch dates for these headphones that continuously miss their mark, from launching in late 2018 to sometime in the second half of 2019. Apple is reportedly planning to target the high-end audio market with the device, with active noise canceling features and high-quality build, all of which could be causing ongoing delays in the manufacturing process as the company tries to perfect the design.

Related Roundup: AirPods Max
Tag: iOS 14
Buyer's Guide: AirPods Max (Neutral)
Related Forum: AirPods

Top Rated Comments

Dougrb Avatar
30 months ago
White and Black? Come on macrumors. That’s the normal and dark mode color schemes.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thadoggfather Avatar
30 months ago
I think Apple branded cans makes total sense.

the beats brand to me always felt like a conflict of interest branding wise... but I'm no marketing executive.

--

I ditched my Solo 3's recently after I got my Bose 700's. Just way more comfortable and the Beats were collecting dust, but that W1 chip was nice and awesome range / battery life. Just way too much headphone clamp for me, especially with glasses on, and not the most premium feeling or looking cans even matte black (tried to mask that I had Beats haha)
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thadoggfather Avatar
30 months ago

The Beats brand is still popular and profitable, so there's no way they're ditching that until it inevitably becomes uncool. They may release a separate line under the Apple label for people who are "uncomfortable" with the Beats brand, however.
I didn't suggest they would be ditching it. Just saying there are probably a lot of Apple users not thrilled with Beats as a brand
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DinkThifferent Avatar
30 months ago
Yay! Us happy Apple nerds are excited because of a leaked icon! ? i like how we are all obsessed with everything Apple, it is a friendly environment here, away from the corona hysteria and oil troubles.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple2GS Avatar
30 months ago
Apple’s implementation of noise cancelling are the only ones that don’t make my ears feel like they are bleeding. If this has the same tech as the AirPod Pro, I’m in.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macsplusmacs Avatar
30 months ago
I love my sony x3s except for a couple of things. Like multiple device support. If apple can have the same or better noise reduction AND apple like things like icloud support (like my airpods) and low latency connection I am sold.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

2022 back to school apple

Apple Launches 2022 Back to School Offer: Up to $150 Gift Card With Mac or iPad

Friday June 24, 2022 5:08 am PDT by
Apple today launched its annual "Back to School" promotion for college/university students in the United States and Canada. This year's promotion offers a free Apple gift card with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad, rather than free AirPods like last year. Apple is also offering students 20% off AppleCare+ plans during the promotion. Apple is offering a $150 gift card with the purchase ...
apple ar headset concept 2

Apple CEO Tim Cook Hints at AR/VR Headset: 'Stay Tuned and You'll See What We Have to Offer'

Wednesday June 22, 2022 6:34 pm PDT by
CEO Tim Cook this week did an interview with China Daily, where he once again commented on on the future of augmented reality and hinted at Apple's work on an AR/VR headset. Render via designer Ian Zelbo Cook said that Apple is excited about the opportunities available with augmented reality, which is not too far off from prior comments that he's made, but he went on to say that people should ...
airpods pro 2 1

AirPods Pro 2 Said to Feature Upgraded H1 Chip, Find My, Heart Rate Detection, USB-C and More

Friday June 24, 2022 9:48 am PDT by
The next-generation AirPods Pro could come with a long list of new features that include heart rate detection, the ability to function as a hearing aid, and a USB-C port according to a report from 52Audio. The site claims that it has received new information on the AirPods Pro 2, and it has used that information to provide some renders on what the earbuds might look like. Design wise, there...
customize wallpaper setting ios 16

iOS 16 Beta 2 Tidbits: New Wallpaper Colors, Backup Over LTE, SMS Filtering and More

Wednesday June 22, 2022 2:16 pm PDT by
Apple today seeded the second betas of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 to developers for testing purposes, and the new betas introduce new features and refine some of the changes that Apple made with the first iOS 16 release. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Lock Screen Photo Wallpaper Customization When customizing a photo on the Lock Screen, there are two new DuoTone and...
home app ios 16

Apple Confirms iPad Will No Longer Be Supported as a Home Hub in iOS 16

Wednesday June 22, 2022 12:38 pm PDT by
The iPad will no longer be able to be used as a home hub following the launch of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and the HomePod 16 software this fall, Apple confirmed today. As discovered in iOS 16 code by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser, Apple says that the iPad will no longer be supported as a home hub. This information will be displayed in the Home app after updating to iOS 16.A home ...
apple ar headset concept 1

Apple Rumored to Announce 'Game-Changer' AR/VR Headset in January 2023

Friday June 24, 2022 2:52 am PDT by
Apple is "likely" to announce its long-rumored mixed-reality headset as soon as January 2023, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reiterated. Concept render based on purported leaked information by Ian Zelbo In a detailed post on Medium, Kuo explained that Apple's headset will be a "game-changer" for the augmented-reality and virtual-reality market. Describing some of the headset's...