Apple Announces Updated Powerbeats Wireless Earphones With H1 Chip, 15-Hour Battery Life and $149 Price Tag
Apple's Beats subsidiary today announced the launch of Powerbeats, an updated version of its Powerbeats 3 wireless earphones.
According to 9to5Mac, the US$149 Powerbeats have been upgraded on multiple fronts over the previous generation Powerbeats 3:
Powerbeats now use the same H1 chip as second generation AirPods, Powerbeats Pro, and AirPods Pro, boosting battery life from 12 hours to 15 hours, while enabling ‘Hey Siri’ support and lower latency. Powerbeats also work with Apple’s Audio Sharing feature on iOS.
When it comes to sound, MacRumors says Powerbeats “deliver the same rich audio as the Powerbeats Pro with pistonic drivers that offer clean sound reproduction with low distortion across the frequency curve and enhanced clarity and dynamic range.”
Design wise, MacRumors reports that Powerbeats look similar to the Powerbeats 3:
but have an angled earpiece that's closer in design to the Powerbeats Pro and a cord that trails down from the earhook rather than the opposite side. Apple says this makes for a natural, ergonomic contour around the neck.
The left earbud has a control that toggles power and pairing while the right earbud toggles volume. The right side also has the ‘b’ button for managing playback, phone calls, and activating Siri.
Powerbeats charge over Lightning; and come with a USB-A to Lightning cable and a soft carrying pouch. They are available in three colors at launch - black, white, and red.
The all-new Powerbeats will be available starting March 18th from Apple.com, Best Buy, and other retailers that carry Beats headphones.
If rumors are correct, this could be the first of a series of product launches via press release by Apple over the coming days or weeks.
I would never buy these or any other wireless earbuds or headphones from Apple because if I am going to pay that much for wireless earbuds or headphones I would want to be able to use them with any of my other devices that support wireless earbuds or headphones, but the reality is that Apple has designed their wireless earbuds or headphones to work properly with only Apple devices.
Last January I bought a pair of the latest generation Air Pods to use with my Victor Reader Trek and could never get them to work reliably with it. I eventually gave up and returned them as juck. I know the Air Pods were working because they worked perfectly with my iPhone.
Personally, I can't wait for the day when someone develops a non Apple smart phone that is as accessible as the iPhone is so I can finally give Apple the finger they so richly deserve.
If you ever needed proof that Apple isn't entirely there, just look at their logo!
I'd never by theese because I prefer headphones to earphones. plus, I got a used pare of beats executive headphones for free from a guy who was leaving to move to another pravence so I will use them until they ware out. then I'll see what my options are for headphones at that time.