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Apple's $149 Powerbeats Earbuds: Everything You Need to Know

Thursday February 20, 2020 11:01 am PST by
Apple's Beats brand in March 2020 unveiled the Powerbeats, a lower-cost wired version of the Powerbeats Pro and an upgrade to the Powerbeats 3. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The new Powerbeats, which are technically the Powerbeats 4 but don't have the number at the end, are pretty much identical to the Powerbeats Pro in functionality but without the wire-free...

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Apple Discontinues urBeats3 After Releasing Beats Flex

Tuesday October 13, 2020 2:23 pm PDT by
Apple this morning quietly introduced new Beats Flex headphones, marking the launch of the brand's most affordable wire-free headphones to date. Beats Flex are priced at just $50, and are identical in design to the BeatsX earphones. With lower-cost Bluetooth-based Beats headphones now available, Apple has discontinued the UrBeats headphones that it previously offered under Beats branding. ...
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Apple Removes Beats Landing Page From Website Ahead of Tuesday's Launch Event [Update: Restored]

Monday October 12, 2020 4:55 am PDT by
Apple has quietly removed the "Beats by Dre" webpage from its website ahead of its Apple event on Tuesday, as it prepares to launch a new, lower-cost HomePod and AirPods Studio headphones. As noted by Apple Terminal, the landing page for Beats products can no longer be found on Apple's website. The Wayback Machine has a snapshot of the page in its original form from October 2, while the most ...
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Apple Officially Retires Beats Updater Utility in Favor of Over-the-Air Firmware Updates

Wednesday September 30, 2020 3:30 am PDT by
Apple has officially retired Beats Updater, the software utility that lets users update the firmware of their Beats Wireless headphones, earphones, and speakers. Beats Updater allows users to plug their Beats product directly into the USB port of their computer to check for firmware updates online, but with Apple's growing tendency to deliver over-the-air updates to wireless products via iOS ...
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Powerbeats Pro Leaked in Four New Colors, Release Expected in Early June

Wednesday May 20, 2020 8:23 am PDT by
Last week, it was rumored that Apple plans to make its Powerbeats Pro available in four new colors, including Glacier Blue, Cloud Pink, Spring Yellow, and Lava Red. Now, official marketing images have surfaced on German website WinFuture, which notes that the new colors should be released in early June with the same $249.95 pricing. No other changes are expected, beyond the possibility of some...
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Apple Music Chief Oliver Schusser Adding Beats Hardware to His Responsibilities

Friday April 17, 2020 1:16 pm PDT by
Beats president Luke Wood is stepping down at the end of this month, and Apple Music chief Oliver Schusser will be adding oversight of Beats hardware to his responsibilities, according to CNET. Apple has not publicly announced the upcoming change, but Apple's services chief Eddy Cue recently sent an email to Apple employees confirming it. Cue noted in his email that the transition has been...
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New Powerbeats With H1 Chip and Up to 15 Hours of Battery Life Now Available

Wednesday March 18, 2020 6:00 am PDT by
Announced earlier this week, Apple's new Powerbeats are now available through its online store for $149.95 in black, white, and red. The new Powerbeats feature the same Apple-designed H1 chip as the Powerbeats Pro, second-generation AirPods, and AirPods Pro, enabling hands-free "Hey Siri" voice commands and faster pairing with iOS devices. The new Powerbeats also have up to 15 hours of...
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Powerbeats4 Leaked, Expected to Feature H1 Chip With 'Hey Siri' Support and More

Monday March 9, 2020 5:58 am PDT by
German blog WinFuture.de today shared what it claims are "official" marketing photos of the rumored Powerbeats4 earphones, which will apparently be offered in white, black, and red color options. In line with Apple's recent FCC filing, the Powerbeats4 are expected to have a more curved design that is similar to the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌, with the same angled in-ear fit and wraparound...
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Apple's Rumored Powerbeats4 Receive FCC Approval

Thursday February 27, 2020 7:25 am PST by
Apple today received FCC approval for a pair of wireless earphones with model number A2015, described as "Power Beats Wireless" in the regulatory documents. These are likely the rumored "Powerbeats4" earphones with "Hey Siri" support that MacRumors uncovered images of in iOS 13.3.1 code last month. Powerbeats4 mockup by MacRumors contributor Ryan Barrieau "Powerbeats4" should be an upgraded...
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Some urBeats3 Customers May Have Been Denied Service Due to Serial Number Error

Wednesday February 26, 2020 11:54 am PST by
Some urbeats3 devices may have incorrect serial numbers that could lead to service being denied, according to information provided to Apple Authorized Service Providers. Apple has informed AASPs that a "limited number" of urbeats3 were released with an incorrect serial number that results in an error when looking them up in the repair database.A limited number of urBeats3 devices have the...
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iOS 13.3.1 Includes Images Featuring Upcoming Powerbeats 4 Earphones

Tuesday January 28, 2020 11:29 am PST by
Signs of new Powerbeats 4 wireless earphones were found in the iOS 13.3 beta back in December, and in today's iOS 13.3.1 software release, there are a few icons that depict the design of the new earbuds. Based on the artwork in the update, the Powerbeats 4 will feature a design that's a cross between the current Powerbeats3 earbuds and the Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds. The Powerbeats 4 ...
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'Powerbeats4' With 'Hey Siri' Support Referenced in iOS 13.3 Code

Wednesday December 11, 2019 8:28 am PST by
Apple appears to be working on new "Powerbeats4" wireless earphones to replace the existing Powerbeats3, based on strings in iOS 13.3 code uncovered by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser. Powerbeats3 9to5Mac was first to discover the Powerbeats4 reference, noting that the earphones will likely support hands-free "Hey Siri." This means the Powerbeats4 will likely have an Apple-designed H1 chip...
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Apple Releases Beats Studio3 and BeatsX in New Colors, Adds New Lightning to 3.5mm Cable

Friday October 18, 2019 11:49 am PDT by
Apple this week introduced Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones in a new Camo Collection, available in either Forest Green or Sand Dune. The Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones in the Camo Collection are identical to prior Beats Studio3 headphones with Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling Technology, a built-in Apple-designed W1 chip, fast charging functionality, up to 22 hours battery life, and a $349...
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Hands-On With Apple's New Beats Solo Pro Headphones

Thursday October 17, 2019 2:59 pm PDT by
On Tuesday, Apple's Beats brand introduced the new Beats Solo Pro headphones, the company's first on-ear headphones with active noise cancellation. The new $300 headphones don't launch until October 30, but we've already had a chance to test them out so check out our video below for our early impressions. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Starting with the unboxing...
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Apple Introduces $300 Beats Solo Pro Headphones With Noise Cancellation, Fold-to-Power, and More

Tuesday October 15, 2019 8:20 am PDT by
Apple-owned Beats today introduced the Beats Solo Pro, its first on-ear headphones with active noise cancellation. Like the over-ear Beats Studio3 headphones, the Solo Pro feature proprietary Beats noise cancelling technology known as Pure ANC, but with updated tuning to accommodate the on-ear form factor. Apple says Pure ANC uses advanced algorithms to continuously monitor and adjust to the ...
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Apple Debuts New $29 AppleCare+ Plan for AirPods and Beats

Tuesday September 10, 2019 11:25 pm PDT by
Alongside new iPhones, Apple Watch models, and an updated iPad, Apple today released a new $29 AppleCare+ plan that's designed specifically for headphones like AirPods and Beats devices. AppleCare+ extends the warranty of ‌AirPods‌, Beats earphones, and Beats headphones to two years from the date of purchase (up from one year) and includes two incidents of accidental damage coverage for a $29...
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Powerbeats Pro Now Available to Order in Over 20 Additional Countries

Friday July 12, 2019 6:00 am PDT by
Apple today began accepting Powerbeats Pro orders in over 20 additional countries, including many in Europe. The rollout includes Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab...
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Powerbeats Pro Launch Postponed Until July in Many Countries

Wednesday June 12, 2019 6:12 am PDT by
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...
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Apple's Beats Brand Launches New 'Beats Club Collection' Solo3 Wireless Headphones

Monday June 10, 2019 10:56 am PDT by
Apple's Beats brand today launched a collection of new Solo3 Wireless Headphones in a range of bright color combinations, including yellow and blue, white and red, red and blue, and navy and white. The new headphones are priced at $199.95 like other Solo3 Wireless models, and with their launch, Beats has discontinued all other available Solo3 headphones with the exception of the special...
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Powerbeats Pro Orders Begin Later This Month in UK, Germany, and France, More Countries to Follow in June

Monday May 13, 2019 10:10 am PDT by
Apple's totally wireless Powerbeats Pro earphones became available to pre-order May 3 in the United States and Canada, with the first deliveries to customers beginning last Friday. The earphones are initially available in black only, with ivory, moss, and navy colors set to become available this summer. While the black ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ remain listed as "coming soon" on Apple's online store...
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Powerbeats Pro Now Available to Pre-Order in U.S. and Canada

Friday May 3, 2019 8:30 am PDT by
Powerbeats Pro are now available to pre-order from Apple.com and the Apple Store app in the United States and Canada. ‌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 ‌Powerbe...