It is now certain, although there is still no official confirmation: Apple is planning to launch a pair of over-ear headphones, and to do it soon. In May there was a large leak, which could have revealed the name – Apple Studio -, the particular modular nature (which had already been anticipated in April), and some technical characteristics, such as active noise cancellation, the mode Transparency already seen on AirPods Pro, and sensors for the recognition of how to wear them, that is, in what orientation.
Today, examining a patent of the Colossus of Cupertino registered recently by the USPTO, we can get an idea of how it will be possible to interact with this new product. The Apple Studio will have, unlike the traditional AirPods or the Pro, a much more generous surface to accommodate the touch gestures, and obviously Apple has decided to exploit it.
The pavilions will be sensitive to touch, but the aspect on which the patent focuses is the integration with the aforementioned possibility of recognizing the orientation with which the headphones are worn (for example if you decide to bring the bar behind the head, instead of above), and adapt the gesture reading accordingly. To be clear, this means that if, hypothetically, the gesture to lower the volume provides for a swipe with two fingers downwards, the user can do it by wearing the headphones in any way, without worrying about following their orientation, which will be detected in automatically.
We do not yet know exactly when the Apple Studio will arrive on the market: rumors have always aimed at a launch by 2020, but there is the unknown factor of the pandemic to make all forecasts even more unstable. As for the price, according to the well-known leaker Jon Prosser should be 350 dollars.