I do enjoy being right.
I don’t have sources and I’m not interested in slinging leaks or becoming the next Jon Prosser. However, I do enjoy making predictions just based on reading the Apple leaves and I love it even more when I get a few right. I won’t claim that happens too often, but I get a few.
So far, my 2020 predictions are looking pretty good. I called full mouse support for iPadOS and a keyboard accessory that would include a trackpad pretty much dead-on in early January. Last week, based on the fact that they were rumored to be in production, I said that Apple’s new AirPods Studio headphones would arrive just before or during the WWDC Keynote. Looks pretty likely that prediction will turn out to be true, as well.
According to YouTube channel EverythingApplePro, well-known leaker Max Weinbach let them know that the AirPods Studio hardware that was already rumored to be in production is now at the point of having firmware flashed into the boards of finished units.
This is the last step before packaging and shipping hardware out, which means the AirPods Studio could be announced pretty much any time after this week. And what is just around the corner? That’s right. 20 days from now is the WWDC Keynote. Based on this news of production progress today, I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t arrive then.
I could see Apple announcing the new headphones with a press release just before the event, as they have done with some products in the past. However, I highly doubt they would miss the chance to tie this new product to the build up of interest that always comes just before WWDC. There’s no better way to get that kind of publicity, so it seems like a no-brainer to me. I’m looking forward to seeing how Apple has improved on their noise cancelling AirPods Pro and Beats Solo Pro headphones from last year.