How to pair your Bluetooth headphones or speakers with your Apple Watch

By Steffen Reich on Jan 16, 2017

At iDB we strive to offer a comprehensive and deep catalogue of tutorials for readers of all skill levels, which is the reason why a brief workshop on pairing your wireless earbuds or external Bluetooth speakers is still in order. If you are already well-versed in this procedure, more power to you. You can probably sit this exercise out.

However if you are new to Apple Watch or have recently managed to grab your first cord free headset, these are the steps that get you ready to jam out to the music stored right on your wrist: Read More

 

How to fix crackly audio with AirPods or Beats Solo3 headphones

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 13, 2017

New devices like Apple’s AirPods and Beats Solo3 headphones are among some of the simplest Bluetooth devices you can use with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, thanks to the new pairing process that’s made possible by the proprietary W1 chip. But they’re not perfect.

As many of the early reviews have already pointed out, including the one published right here on iDB by my colleague Sebastien, AirPods are especially susceptible to what’s described as ‘cracking’ while audio is being streamed from your device to the receiver in the Bluetooth headphones. Read More

 

Testing the operating range of AirPods and Beats Solo3 vs non-W1 Beats headphones

By Steffen Reich on Jan 9, 2017

Much has been said about the virtues of the W1 chip Apple started baking into their latest wireless Beats line-up and of course the AirPods. By now we know for sure that W1 facilitates a much faster pairing process, as do we know that the chip significantly amplifies both battery life and conservation techniques. What’s less prominently talked about – at least from official sides – is the operating range of these wireless headphones and the presumed effect the W1 chip addition has had on that benchmark.

For I felt information on the internet was just a bit too murky to count on, I decided to take it upon myself and conduct a little experiment: I packed my rucksack with four headphones (two of which boast the new W1 chip) and headed to a nearby park in order to pit them against each other. Pairing them one after another and then slowly making a bee-line for the opposite direction, one thing quickly became clear: the results for the maximum distance obtainable aren’t surprising in terms of order, but they definitely are in their clarity. Read More

 

Apple offering up a discount on Beats Pill+ speaker and Beats EP headphones

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 13, 2016

Apple finally began accepting online orders for AirPods today. There’s also bad news as the company delayed the W1-outfitted BeatsX wireless earphones until February 2017.

To appease would-be BeatsX/AirPods buyers, Apple is now offering a discount on a pair of Beats-branded audio products: Beats Pill+ Speaker and Beats EP Headphones, as noted by MacRumors. Read More

 

Apple delays W1-equipped BeatsX earphones until February 2017

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 13, 2016

While Apple’s online store this morning began accepting orders for $159 AirPods ahead of their Christmas delivery, another pair of earphones from Apple that use W1 chip just got delayed.

Announced at the iPhone 7 event in September and originally listed as arriving in late-2016, Beats X Wireless Earphones won’t be available before February 2017, according to Apple’s online store. Read More

 

New BeatsX earphones with Apple W1 chip may not ship for at least 2-3 months

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 12, 2016

It’s not just AirPods—according to an alleged email Apple sent to an authorized reseller, the new $149.95 BeatsX earphones rocking an in-house designed Apple W1 wireless chip may not start shipping for at least 2-3 months. As reported on by MacRumors, authorized reseller B&H Photo Video told a customer Apple’s informed them that the new earphones will miss the company’s self-proclaimed fall 2016 launch and are unlikely to start shipping before February or March 2017. Read More

 

Twelve South’s Fermata charging stand keeps your wireless headphones organized

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 17, 2016

With the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to predict that many people will be moving to wireless Bluetooth headphones instead of wired ones.

Twelve South’s new Fermata charging stand for wireless headphones is a great accessory to have if you’re one of those people. It’ll keep your headphones out of your way on your desk while they charge, and it looks great too! Read More

 

New Apple ad highlights Beats Solo3 Wireless 40-hour battery & on-ear controls

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 14, 2016

During the official iPhone 7 unveiling last month, Apple announced one brand new and two improved Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, all of which utilize the new Apple W1 wireless chip: Powerbeats3 Wireless, Solo3 Wireless and the upcoming BeatsX earphones. A new ad Apple posted Monday, featuring Karlie Kloss, Young M.A., Brunas Schmitz and Justine Skye, highlights some of the Solo3 Wireless features enabled by the W1 chip, like touch controls and a longer lasting 40-hour battery. Read More

 

Apple Stores start selling Will.i.am’s i.am+ Buttons wireless headphones

By Steffen Reich on Nov 2, 2016

Opening their doors this Wednesday morning, Apple Stores across the US will be stocking a new pair of wireless earphones named i.am+ Buttons, conceived by musician and part-time tech enthusiast Will.i.am. The full product name of the earphones is i.am+ Buttons and they will reportedly be offered in four colors, matching Apple’s black, silver, gold and rose gold iPhone range.

While the timing of the i.am+ launch could not have been more savory with the AirPods suffering heavy delays, it remains to be seen if will.i.am’s product will be able to capitalize on the door left wide open by Apple. Until now, most i.am+ products have largely been frowned upon for putting fashion center stage. They also come at a hefty $229 price point.

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

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

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. Read More

 

Beats 1 Radio now has official Facebook page

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2016

Apple has created the official Facebook page for Beats 1, its 24/7 radio station that broadcasts in more than a hundred countries via the Internet. The new Facebook page is in addition to the service’s presence on other social media channels, like Twitter. Before today, Beats 1 Radio posts were published through Apple Music’s own Facebook page. Read More

 

What we’re expecting from Apple’s September 7 event

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2016

Apple is hosting a special media event on September 7 at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium at 10am PT. As always, we’ll be covering the latest in Apple’s big fall refresh thoroughly here at iDB. Of course, the iPhone 7 will be the event’s biggest story, but we’re also hoping to see other hardware refreshes, accessories and related products come into full view next Wednesday.

Here’s everything we think Apple could introduce come September 7, plus some of the things we’d like them to announce but they probably won’t (yet). Read More

 

New Beats products to be unveiled at iPhone event next week

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2016

Beats emailed French media earlier this morning to inform them that “a selection of new Beats by Dre products will be unveiled” at the iPhone 7 event on September 7. However, it would seem that Beats’ public relations department sent the email prematurely as at least one French outlet, iGen.fr, was contacted by Beats PR and asked to take down the screenshot from the email, which they did. Read More

 

Take 39% off these Beats Pro Lil Wayne on-ear headphones

By iDB Deals on Jul 21, 2016

The Beats brand is the one audio company whose name you know on sight. The world-renowned Beats By Dr. Dre headphones look as good as they sound, offering premium high-definition sound with clear highs and deep lows, not to mention nearly indestructible steel framing to match a smoothly comfortable fit. Now you can pick up your own set of Beats by Dr. Dre – Beats Pro Lil Wayne On-Ear Headphones at a fantastic 39% discount! Read More

 

Beats 1 hosts are permitted to play whatever they want, DJ Zane Lowe reveals

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 15, 2016

In an interview yesterday with Vice’s music channel Noisey, Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe said that Apple permits Beats 1 hosts to play whatever they want in their designated slot.

Apple’s official policy, Lowe said, doesn’t call for any restrictions pertaining to shows by Beats 1 hosts such as Dr. Dre, Pharrell, Major Lazer, and other hip-hop artists who have regular shows on the service.

A native of New Zealand’s Auckland, Lowe revealed how Apple executive and former Beats 1 founder Jimmy Iovine gave him an important career advice, talked life in Los Angeles, having his own show on Beats 1 and more. Read More

 

Beats 1 to debut new show by artist ‘deadmau5’

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 15, 2016

Apple yesterday announced via the official Beats 1 Twitter handle that the service will debut a new show by Joel Thomas Zimmerman, the popular music producer and performer also known under his stage name ‘deadmau5’.

The upcoming show is named “Mau5trap Presents” and is scheduled to debut on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio station this coming Friday, March 18, at 3pm PST / 6pm ET. Read More

 

Back to School promo goes live in New Zealand and Australia with free Beats Solo2 headphones

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2016

Apple’s annual Back to School promotion is back with a new deal launching today in Australia and New Zealand. University students, students accepted to a university and parents buying for a university student are being tempted with a free Beats Solo2 on-ear headphones, a $199.95 value, with an eligible Mac purchase.

When purchasing a new MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac or iMac with Retina 5K display, customers shall receive an instant credit for the purchase of a pair of Beats Solo2 wired headphones in Gloss Black, Gloss White, Gloss Red or Gloss Blue or wired Beats Solo2 headphones in Space Gray, Silver, Gold or Rose Gold. Read More

 

Apple is reportedly building wireless earphones that will fit inside your ear and come with charging case

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2016

Apple is reportedly building brand new, completely wireless earphones that will fit inside of a user’s ear, along with a charging case, as per 9to5Mac.

The in-house designed hardware is similar in concept to the Motorola Hint headset and Bragi’s new Dash and said to include a noise-cancelling microphone system. The accessory will be “a premium alternative” to a Lightning-enabled version of the EarPods headset that’s also in the works (EarPods are the wired in-ear headphones that came with your  iPhone).

Three days ago, Japanese blog Macotakara first reported on Apple’s plans to bundle the iPhone 7 with a wireless headset. The following day, Fast Company said Apple is working with a supplier on a new noise-canceling technology to be used both in the iPhone 7 and the new earphones to help remove background noise in music playback and in phone calls. Read More

 

Apple files trademark applications for Beats 2, 3, 4 and 5 radio stations

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 28, 2015

Apple’s streaming music deals include permissions for additional Beats stations and now it’s come to light that the Cupertino firm back in November filed trademark applications for Beats 2, Beats 3, Beats 4 and Beats 5 stations with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

As first reported by the French blog Consomac, all four trademark applications are assigned to “Beats Electronics, LLC” and the word marks look just like the existing logo for the Beats 1 radio station. Read More

 

Apple’s recently released Beats Pill+ Wireless Speaker on sale at Best Buy for nearly $100 off

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 20, 2015

When it comes to deals, Best Buy is far and away the spot that you want to be this winter. I’m never one to get caught up in so-called deals, and generally find them to be a bit underwhelming, but there’s no denying that you can rack up some significant savings by shopping for Apple Products at Best Buy this year.

One of the latest examples of the insane savings that can be had at Best Buy is with Apple’s recently released Beats Pill+ speakers. These speakers retail for $229.95, but you can score one today for $92 off at only $137.99. That’s a huge savings, especially for an Apple product that was just released. Read More

 
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