After a ridiculous amount of rumors and definitive leaks for almost two months, the Beats Studio Buds+ are finally on the brink of becoming official.
This has been a long time coming, with the earliest signs of life cropping up in March of 2023. A beta of iOS 16.4 hinted at an unreleased “Studio Buds+” at the time, and that name has been all but guaranteed at this point.
If iOS giving it away wasn’t enough, an Amazon listing showed up for a very brief stint back in April. That listing also seemed to confirm the truly wireless in-ear headphones would launch on May 18 of this year.
Now it’s almost time. The official Beats by Dre Twitter account has gone ahead and confirmed the new headphones will see their big debut on Wednesday, May 17.
According to the tweet, they’ll launch at 7:00 am Pacific Time, 10:00 am Eastern.
The most noticeable change with the Studio Buds+ is the design, which boasts a transparent color option. For anyone who watched Google I/O this year, the company revealed the new headphones in its keynote.
While not official just yet, details about the new accessory trickled in via that aforementioned Amazon listing. The new headphones are expected to feature improved Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), with up to 1.6 times more power than the previous model.
There should be an upgraded processor to boost performance, a Transparency mode that is said to be better thanks to larger microphones and improved venting, and more. The charging case, which is teased in the tweet, should feature wired charging via USB-C.
The headphones may also feature support for Spatial Audio, battery life up to 36 hours, and come in three different colors. The listing priced the new headphones at $169.95, but that may change with the final product. We already know Best Buy will offer the headphones when they launch.
This story originally appeared on Appleinsider