The Apple-owned headphone-maker Beats officially unveiled the new ‘Powerbeats Pro’ on Wednesday. In line with previous rumors and reports, the new model is a totally wireless version of the popular sport earbuds that comes with Apple’s new H1 chip and ‘Hey Siri’ functionality.
Evidence has been discovered in the just-released iOS 12.2 software update that seems to confirm rumors of an impending launch of new wire-free Powerbeats. 9to5Mac’s Guilherme Rambo spotted images and animations hidden within the update that appear to be wire-free Powerbeats headphones, sitting in a black charging case.
It’s been nearly 10 years since the first Beats by Dr. Dre headphones were first produced. To celebrate this anniversary, Apple has revealed a new Beats “Decade Collection,” which goes on sale on Friday, June 1.
Apple’s rumored noise-cancelling over-ear headphones could cannibalize some Beats sales, with a new Bloomberg report saying that Apple has struggled with the design of the upcoming accessory. In addition to noise-canceling capabilities, the company reportedly plans to include similar wireless pairing functionality to its AirPods.
Following an extended delay, Apple’s BeatsX earphones are now available for purchase from Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and other retailers. The $150 earphones file as Apple’s most affordable audio product powered by the in-house designed W1 wireless chip, also found in the $160 AirPods, $200 PowerBeats3 and $300 Beats Solo3 headphones. The W1 chip enables seamless iCloud pairing with Apple devices and reliable wireless audio connection. BeatsX also work on non-Apple hardware as standard Bluetooth headsets.
The earbuds sport 8-hour battery life and come with a Siri-compatible RemoteTalk with built-in playback controls that let you control your music without using Siri.