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Mysterious $399 AirPods reportedly showed up on Target’s systems, fuelling speculation that Apple’s rumored over-ear headphones are coming

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It’s possible the ‘X Generation’

  • A mysterious model of Apple AirPods described as „Apple AirPods X Generation“ has reportedly appeared in Target’s inventory system.
  • On Saturday, YouTuber Jon Prosser shared an image on Twitter purporting to show the AirPods X Generation, which sport a $399.99 price tag.
  • Prosser said there were three different stock-keeping units listed for the X Generation AirPods in Target’s system, suggesting a new generation of Apple’s earbuds could be available in three different colors or editions.
  • As Prosser himself speculated, it’s possible the ‚X Generation‘ name is a placeholder for Apple’s as-yet-unannounced „StudioPods“ over-ear high-end headphones.
  • Prosser told Business Insider he has also found an „iPod touch“ – which he speculated was a new iPhone – and an „iPad 10.5“ – which he speculated was a new 11-inch iPad Pro – in Target’s inventory.
  • Business Insider has approached Apple and Target for comment.
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A mysterious model of Apple AirPods called „Apple AirPods X Generation“ has reportedly appeared in Target’s inventory system.

On Saturday, YouTuber and tech analyst Jon Prosser shared an image on Twitter purporting to show the AirPods, which are priced at $399.99.

In a follow-up tweet, Prosser said there were three different stock-keeping units listed for the X Generation AirPods in Target’s system, suggesting the AirPods could end up being released in three different colors or editions.

As Prosser himself speculated, it’s possible the ‚X Generation‘ name is a placeholder for Apple’s widely expected over-ear headphones, which may be branded „StudioPods.“

On Saturday, several Target staffers told Apple-focused news publication AppleInsider that „placeholders for new products are common,“ lending weight to Prosser’s theory.

Rumors of Apple launching own-brand, over-ear wireless headphones have swirled for months, but this is the first time a third-party seller like Target has featured in the speculation.

Prominent Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo penciled in a 2020 release date for high-end wireless headphones, while Bloomberg suggested back in June 2018 that Apple was developing „studio-quality over-ear headphones“ f0r as early as 2019 – a point the publication reiterated in a January 2019 article on Sonos.

Prosser told Business Insider he has also found an „iPod touch“ – which he speculated was a new iPhone – and an „iPad 10.5“ – which he speculated was a new 11-inch iPad Pro – in Target’s inventory. He added that „multiple Target employees in different states“ he spoke to have found the same products on their handheld systems.

Business Insider has approached Apple and Target for comment.

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