Powerbeats3 Wireless earphones with W1 chip & 12-hour battery available to preorder

By , Oct 25, 2016

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Powerbeats3 Wireless earphones, a successor to the Powerbeats2 Wireless edition, are now available to buy from Apple.com in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, China and elsewhere. The accessory is available in White, Shock Yellow, Flash Blue, Black and Siren Red.

Listings for the $199.95 Bluetooth earphones on local Apple.com websites display delivery estimates ranging from 2-3 days to 1-2 weeks.

The new Beats earphones are powered by the W1, Apple’s first in-house designed wireless chip that drives the company’s upcoming AirPods earphones. It gives Powerbeats3 a 12-hour battery life, doubling the Powerbeats2’s 6-hour battery.

The embedded W1 chip also lets the earphones take advantage of other features like clear wireless audio over Bluetooth with improved battery performance and smart stuff such as easy pairing across the Apple ecosystem.

Once initially paired, the settings sync over iCloud to your Macs and iPads.

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Inline controls, called the RemoteTalk, permit users to take calls with a built-in mic, play music, adjust volume and activate Siri. Like its predecessor, Powerbeats3 Wireless comes with multiple eartips for a personalized and comfortable fit while flexible, secure-fit earhooks optimize stability.

If Target’s ad for the Halloween season is anything to go by, you will soon be able to buy the new Beats earphones from a number of retailers in the United States.

Here’s the promotional video for the earphones.

As mentioned, the earphones can run for twelve hours before needing charing.

Apple writes:

Bring on the hours of training because Powerbeats3 Wireless are now powered for the long haul with the efficiency of the Apple W1 chip. With up to 12 hours of battery life and an optimized design for improved comfort and immersive sound, you’re free to push through the most challenging workouts.

A Fast Fuel feature gives you an hour of runtime with a short five-minute charge. The fitness-focused earphones were built around Class 1 Bluetooth technology so they can be used with any Bluetooth audio source.

They’re also sweat and water resistance.

In addition to the Powerbeats3 Wireless and Apple’s AirPods, other Beats devices will soon use the W1 chip, including the forthcoming BeatsX earphones.

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  • Rickey Woods

    wonder if these will be better than Apple’s AirPods?

    • bigkev943

      seems like they are if just purely for the entertainment piece. I do like the apple pods though so I might try them for a week or two before deciding myself on these. We know what power beats are they have been around just not in this form with W1 and what not.

      • Rickey Woods

        yeah after reading about them there doesn’t seem like there’s much difference from the Power Beats 2

  • Jamessmooth

    I might consider these. My Jaybirds just crapped out and am looking for something new to take to the gym. Any advice from anyone who owns the powerbeats 2?

    • Hunter926

      I don’t own the powerbeats, but I can tell you I’ve had the Jaybirds bluebudx. The JLAB EPIC wireless are worlds better than the bluebuds. I actually prefer the sound of the EPIC over my bose in-ear wired headphones.

    • igobythisname

      i have both bluebuds x & powerbeats2 wireless, they both have trouble staying in-ear while working out at the gym and they both lose a lot of sound & bass because they don’t stay snug in-ear… nothing beats over the ear but it’s not so much fun busting out in a sweat wearing over the ear cans while in the gym… did you get the email from jaybird, the X2 dropped price to like $79, also available on Amazon & Best Buy… maybe they’re coming out with a new model…?

      • MMA Rules

        Exactly! I had them too and I had to return them due to they don’t stay in your ears and they bleed sound due to this problem

      • livin1965

        Comply foam ear tips are the fix for the fit issue with Bluebuds. Almost returned mine for the same reason until I found the Comply’s which a few other reviewers raved about. They are cheap, last a long time, and make a great fit with good sound transmission.

      • Jamessmooth

        I have the comply tips and I can say the success rate for me personally is about 50%. Half the time they stay in, half the time they dont.

      • livin1965

        That’s disappointing. If they only worked for me 50% of the time I would definitely be looking elsewhere. It’s a bummer when an otherwise great sounding and comfortable set of wireless headphones has these sort of fit issues. I can’t tell if the over-the-ear fit of the powerbeats would actually help. With Jaybirds, I took the ear fins off because the did nothing to keep the headphones in my ears and just seemed to irritate my skin. With a piece going over the ear, they seem less likely to go flying off my head while running but not sure that helps actually maintain a secure fit inside the ear. Interested to learn more.

      • Jamessmooth

        do you think you could put the Comply tips on the powerbeats 2?

  • Ali Hamze

    If I’m planning on using it for the gym and everyday use, do you think I should get these or wait for the BeatsX?

    • MMA Rules

      Wait for the X because this won’t stay in your ears! I had the previous gen which is the same design and I had to return them because I was constantly trying to plug them back into my ears

      • techfreak23

        You shouldn’t tell people not to buy a particular set of headphones just because they don’t fit YOUR ears. Everyone has differently shaped ears and what may not work for one person may work for another.

      • MMA Rules

        I can tell people what I want to! It’s up to them if they wanna try both at stores just letting them know because this has been the main complaint about this item

    • Y2J: Keeper of the List

      Personally I’d go with these