As of this morning, you can get the latest Beats Powerbeats headphones online for $150. Ostensibly the fourth generation of Powerbeats (simply called "Powerbeats" this time), the headphones will look very familiar to those acquainted with Beats' fully wireless earbuds, the Powerbeats Pro. Unlike the Powerbeats Pro the new Powerbeats are wired, or "tethered" together with a cable that runs between the two hook-equipped'buds and behind your neck, similar to 2016's Powerbeats3. Otherwise, they are virtually exactly like the "Pro" version, which we're pretty fond of. The new $150 Powerbeats aren't "true wireless," which makes them more affordable.
Reports may have tipped Apple's hand last week, but it was really only a matter of time before the company made a true wireless option that carried the Beats name. And thanks to a hint in iOS code, we knew they'd look very similar to their corded, but still wireless, predecessor. There was little left to announce, and today, Beats officially revealed the Powerbeats Pro: the previously rumored pair of $250 true wireless earbuds. Indeed, the Powerbeats Pro has the same over-the-ear hook design as the Powerbeats 3 Apple and Beats debuted in 2016. Since these are designed for workouts and other activities, that hook helps keep the buds in place while you're moving around.
Apple will begin taking preorders for the Beats Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones on May 3 on Apple.com in the US and Canada. Orders will arrive May 10, the same day full availability beings. The $250 Powerbeats Pro features the same core technology found in the Apple's AirPods thanks to Apple's H1 chip, which enables faster connections, improved range, better battery life, and hands-free "Hey Siri." They are no wires connecting the left and right earbuds, and the Powerbeats Pro comes in a charging case. The Powerbeats Pro is designed to be worn during a workout.
At first glance, Beats' new Powerbeats Pro look just like Powerbeats 3, but with the cord connecting the two earbuds together snipped off. But take a closer look and you'll see there's a lot more than meets the eye. Powerbeats Pro are cord-free at last (finally) and pricier than the $199.95 Powerbeats 3, but they also fit better, have improved sound, and faster connectivity thanks to the same Apple H1 chip it shares with AirPods 2. First things first: The Powerbeats Pro aren't replacing the Powerbeats 3. Beats told me Powerbeats Pro will still be sold alongside the Powerbeats 3 when it's available in May. So if you still like having wireless earbuds with a cable -- maybe you like dangling them around your neck after a run -- you'll still be able to get the old model.
Last year, around this time, Beats launched the Powerbeats Pro, a $249 pair of completely wireless earbuds designed for fitness buffs. Since then, we haven't really heard much about the Powerbeats Pro, outside of some new colors in late 2019. On Friday, Beats announced that starting June 9, you can purchase the Powerbeats Pro in four new colors: Spring Yellow, Cloud Pink, Lava Red and Glacier Blue. The new colors are bright and vivid and a nice break from rather dark and bleak black, green moss or dark navy blue colors. As a refresher, the Powerbeats Pro have up to nine-hour battery life, with a total of 24 hours if you include the extra power provided by the charging case, IPX4 sweat and water resistance and on-ear volume and playback controls.