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.
After a flurry of leaks and an unmistakable billboard in California, Apple has officially unveiled the new Powerbeats Pro, which brings an all-new design that eliminates the neck cord and adds a wireless charging case to the popular Powerbeats 3 Wireless earphones. Following the second-generation AirPods release, the Powerbeats Pro has all of the same features that Apple offers with its own true wireless earbuds, including hands-free "Hey Siri" support, sensors that pause the music when one of the Powerbeats Pro earphones is removed from your ear, and the new H1 chip for faster syncing and switching between devices. The Powerbeats Pro also features up to nine hours of listening time on a single charge (versus 12 hours on the Powerbeats 3), and five-minute charging that provides 1.5 hours of playback when battery gets too low. Of note, the charging case has a Lightning port rather than micro USB on previous Powerbeats, suggesting Apple isn't ready to abandon the proprietary connector just yet. The Powerbeats Pro also has sweat and water resistance, and new "adjustable, secure-fit earhooks" to make sure they won't fly out while exercising.
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.