Early on Tuesday, Apple released iOS 13.3.1 to the public. While the software wasn’t loaded with new features, it did include a hint at a new set of earphones.
Powerbeats 4, to be specific. This is not the first time we’re seeing the earphones, either. They were first discovered in the iOS 13.3 beta in December of last year. And now, as reported by MacRumors, the unannounced update to Powerbeats 3 wireless earphones has appeared yet again in new artwork discovered in the latest public release of iOS 13.3.1.
The design looks to be a combination of the current Powerbeats 3 wireless earphones and the Powerbeats Pro that launched in 2019, with a more curved design similar to the latter option. These won’t be truly wireless headphones, though, keeping in line with the Powerbeats 3 insofar that it will have a wire that connects the earbuds, but the connection to the phone will be wireless.
Interestingly, as you can see form the image just above, the wire placement will be a bit different than the Powerbeats 3. The wire connects to the body of the earphones in the current model. But with the Powerbeats 4, the designers opted to have the wire connect to the ear hook.
This is just an icon artwork discovered in iOS 13.3.1’s public release, so nothing is guaranteed. But it sure looks like we’ll be seeing the Powerbeats 4 soon enough.
If that is indeed the case, will you jump at the chance to buy the new design?