Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)

This document outlines a variety of options that can be used in the design of supra-aural and circumaural headphones. The designs that improve comfort for users and improve user control of the headphones are discussed. There are many electronic components and sensor positions that can be used. The features for convenience of the user, such as detachable cushions and automatically detecting the donning and doffing headphones are also addressed.

For a long time headphones have been utilized for many years. Consumers have become accustomed to the regular, almost annual advancements in size, performance and other design elements of various electronic devices that consumers use in their day-to-daylives including devices such as smart phones, tablet and laptop computers, and also listening devices such as headphones and earbuds. In the same way, although a variety of headphone designs exist in the market however, new and improved designs are constantly being developed to satisfy the needs of consumers and preferences.

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