Powerbeats Pro Launch Postponed Until July in Many Countries
Apple-owned Beats has delayed the launch of its totally wireless Powerbeats Pro headphones in select European and Asian countries.
Powerbeats Pro orders will now begin in July in Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan, according to fine print on the Beats website. The headphones were initially slated to launch in June in these regions.
As in other countries, the headphones will only be available in black at launch. Ivory, moss, and navy colors will be released later this year.
Powerbeats Pro first launched in the United States and Canada in early May, followed by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, and China. Shipments are already considerably backlogged, with orders placed today on Apple.com estimated for delivery between June 28 and July 8 in the United States.
Powerbeats Pro are Apple's first totally wireless Beats earphones, equipped with the same H1 chip as the second-generation AirPods for hands-free "Hey Siri" and faster connection speeds between the iPhone, Apple Watch, and other devices.
Like the Powerbeats3, the Powerbeats Pro feature adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks and earbud tips with four size options. They're essentially sportier AirPods, complete with a durable design and sweat resistance. They'll last up to nine hours per charge, with more battery life via an included charging case.
Powerbeats Pro are priced at $249.95 in the United States and at €249.95 in most European countries, including Italy and Spain.
The postponed launch in Japan was first reported by Japanese blog Mac Otakara.
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When Nike and Under Armour release professional grade trainers, nobody asks how they are for sitting at a desk.
To me the essence of AirPods is their supreme portabilty and ease of use even for a brief period.
This behavior is expected and isn't that ridiculous.
The main issue with the PowerBeats Pro for me is the size of their case. If you’re going running or to the gym, it’s easy enough to leave it at home. Trying to use them when commuting, I don’t like having to figure out where to store the case. When it was cooler out it was easy enough to slip it in a jacket pocket. Now that it’s warmer I’m stuck awkwardly holding something about the size of a hockey puck.
On the other hand, I got a pair of AirPods in Dec 2016 and the battery in the individual earpieces are shot. The right ear lasts about 50 minutes until it beeps at me that it’s dying. The left ear lasts about 2 hours. While they’re definitely one of the more convenient things I’ve ever purchased, and I like them, I don’t know how I feel about buying another pair if they’re only going to last ~2.5 years.
AirPods will occasionally wake while inactive to update their devices available from iCloud (and do other sync related things) so I assume that the W1 works on the Pros works in the same fashion for those additional benefits you get.
Honestly, you're over here flipping tables for a nonissue. That's why no one is losing their minds. It's a good, well thought out product.