Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)

This disclosure includes several different features that are suitable for the design of supra-aural and circumaural headphones. Design features that increase comfort and improve user control of the headphones are discussed. There are numerous electronic component positions and sensor configurations which can be employed. Cushions that can be removed, as well as the ability to detect the headphones being removed or worn are a few of the convenience features.

Since the beginning of time headphones have been utilized for many years. People have grown accustomed to regular, essentially yearly enhancements in the size, function and other design aspects of the various electronic devices people use in their day-to-daylives including devices like smart phones, tablet and laptop computers, as well as listening devices such as earbuds and headphones. So, even though a myriad of headphones models are on the market, new and improved designs are constantly sought after to meet consumer needs and preferences.

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