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.
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.
While some people might decry the act of running while blaring tunes, claiming it distracts you from the objectively arduous task at hand (that is, flinging your body through space at speed for miles on end), I wholeheartedly disagree. Whether you're jogging, lifting, skating, or just spending a lot more time indoors due to increasingly restrictive government mandates, you're gonna want some headphones to keep the party going in your head. To that end, Apple-owned audio company Beats now has a new version of its workout-focused Powerbeats headphones, a sort of little brother to the truly wireless Powerbeats Pro. At $149, the Powerbeats won't outshine the pricier Pro model, but it does make for a decent pair of headphones at a fair price if you can get over some potential dealbreakers. The new Powerbeats, which look more streamlined compared to the $199 Powerbeats released in 2016, are in-ear headphones with adjustable rubber hooks that loop around the back of the ear.
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.