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Powerbeats Pro Now Available to Order in Over 20 Additional Countries

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 Emirates. As in other countries, the headphones are only 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 later in the month. The headphones have faced tight availability, with orders placed today estimated for delivery in between 10 and 20 days in many countries. 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 many European

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

Apple's Beats Brand Launches New 'Beats Club Collection' Solo3 Wireless Headphones

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 Mickey version. Like most Beats headphones, the Solo3 models are equipped with a W1 wireless chip for quick and easy connections to Apple devices, alone with up to 40 hours of battery life. Apple is running a promotion on some existing Beats headphones models as well, dropping the price of all Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones from $349.95 to $279.95, a $70 discount. The price drop includes the standard Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones as well as the Skyline collection in special colors. Apple is also discounting the Mickey-branded 90th anniversary edition Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones, dropping the price from $299.95 to

Powerbeats Pro Orders Begin Later This Month in UK, Germany, and France, More Countries to Follow in June

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 elsewhere, recently updated fine print on the Beats website indicates that the earphones will begin their worldwide rollout later in May and June. Powerbeats Pro will be available to pre-order in black later in May in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, followed by Australia, Singapore, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Austria, Italy, Spain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Mexico, and Brazil in June, according to the fine print. As in the United States and Canada, the additional colors will then become available later this summer in most of the other countries listed above, although Apple cautions that color availability is subject to change. Powerbeats Pro shipments are already considerably backlogged, with orders placed today estimated for delivery between June 5 and June 12 in the United States. Only the earliest of customers who pre-ordered have already received their earphones, with many more deliveries set to continue this week. 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

Powerbeats Pro Now Available to Pre-Order in U.S. and Canada

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 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 $329.95 in Canada. The earphones will be available at Apple Stores and select resellers like Best Buy on May 10 in those two countries, with other regions listed as "coming soon." Ivory, Moss, and Navy colors will be available later this year. Orders placed today are currently estimated for delivery by May 14 to May 21. Read our Powerbeats Pro guide and watch our Powerbeats Pro vs. AirPods 2 video for more

Powerbeats Pro Pre-Orders to Begin May 3 Ahead of May 10 Launch

The all-new Powerbeats Pro will be available to pre-order from Apple.com starting Friday, May 3 at 7 a.m. Pacific Time in the United States and Canada, followed by in-store availability starting Friday, May 10, according to 9to5Mac. Powerbeats Pro are essentially sportier AirPods, complete with a totally wireless design and Apple's new H1 chip for hands-free "Hey Siri" control. Like the existing Powerbeats3 Wireless, they also feature adjustable ear hooks, four sizes of ear tips, and sweat resistance, in addition to playback controls on each earbud. The earphones deliver up to nine hours of listening time per charge, and it is possible to get more more than 24 hours of combined playback with the included charging case, according to Apple. There is also a Fast Fuel feature that provides 1.5 hours of playback with just a five-minute charge. Powerbeats Pro will be available in black at launch, followed by ivory, moss, and navy later this summer. They are priced at $249.95 in the United States and $329.95 in Canada on Apple.com, compared to $159 to $199 for the second-generation AirPods and a regular $199.95 for the Powerbeats3

Beats President Luke Wood: Powerbeats Pro is 'Culmination of the Full Integration' of Apple and Beats

In a recent interview with TechRadar, Beats president Luke Wood discussed how the company has changed under Apple's leadership, and the upcoming Powerbeats Pro headphones. The new Powerbeats Pro According to Wood, the Powerbeats Pro is "the culmination of the full integration of [Beats and Apple] working together from a technological standpoint." The company even took into consideration its reputation for creating bass-heavy products when building the Powerbeats Pro. Wood said the company has "learned the tools of [its] trade" over the years and improved its products, particularly after being acquired by Apple. “We thought we were pretty good until we got to Apple, and then we started learning what ‘good’ really was”, he admits between sips of green tea. What was Apple doing that Beats wasn’t? “Apple had so much incredible discipline and rigor around product quality” Wood says. When asked if a Beats product would ever add in biometric sensors for heart rate monitoring, Wood said he doesn't think that will happen: "We never want to labor customers with a bunch of useless, borderline avant-garde tech." He pointed out that many users already have smart watches with this ability, and having it in a headphone would be unnecessary. Apple announced Powerbeats Pro earlier in the month, with a launch planned for May 2019. The $250 headphones are completely wireless and are sweat and water resistant, with earhooks and tips in four sizes that ensure they will stay put during workouts. Apple said the headphones

Apple Promotes Powerbeats Pro in New Video Featuring Famous Athletes

Apple's Beats brand today shared a new video designed to promote Powerbeats Pro, Apple's upcoming wire-free earbuds that are similar to the AirPods, but designed with fitness and sports in mind. The video features multiple famous athletes and a brand new single, "Saw Lightning," from Beck. Beck's new song was released today alongside the ad and is available on Apple Music. The video was directed by Hiro Murai, a Grammy Award winning filmmaker who directed the hit music video for Childish Gambino's song "This is America." In the video, each of the athletes is wearing a set of white Powerbeats Pro while playing their respective sports, ranging from gymnastics to basketball. Beats says that the video is part of a new "UNLEASHED" campaign promoting the Powerbeats Pro. Athletes featured include gymnast Simone Biles, boxer Anthony Joshua, tennis pro Serena Williams, basketball player LeBron James, soccer player Eden Hazard, rugby player Owen Farrell, boxer Ramla Ali, weightlifter Zoe Smith, basketball player Ben Simmons, football player Odell Beckham Jr., skier Kevin Rolland, skateboarder Leticia Bufoni, boulderer Miho Nonaka, snowboarder Shaun White, soccer player Alex Morgan, runner Ruddy Trobrillant, and ballet dancer Jasmine Perry. Apple plans to release Powerbeats Pro in May, with the new earbuds set to cost $250 in the United States. A specific launch date is not yet known, nor has Apple said whether pre-orders will be available ahead of time. Powerbeats Pro, officially announced in early April, share

Apple Announces Powerbeats Pro, Launching Soon for $250

Apple's Beats brand today officially announced the new Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones, which, like the AirPods, are wire-free and come with a charging case, but feature up to nine hours of listening time. The Powerbeats Pro are going to cost $250, and Apple says they are coming in May. According to Apple, the Powerbeats Pro deliver "powerful, balanced sound with dynamic range and noise isolation for a premium listening experience." The Powerbeats Pro, like the current Powerbeats, are sweat and water resistant and include the Powerbeats earhooks along with tips in four sizes for keeping them securely in place during workouts. "Powerbeats Pro is a harmonious blend of premium sound, fit and functionality. Powerbeats are already the #1 fitness headphones in the world and they are now untethered, with all the benefits of the Apple H1 chip," said Luke Wood, president of Beats. "No longer do you have to choose between performance and practicality--it delivers the best on both fronts."To get an ideal fit for most people, Apple tested more than 20 configurations to arrive at an "ergonomically angled housing" designed to nest "comfortably in the concha bowl of the ear with an off-axis nozzle." Apple says Powerbeats Pro are 23 percent smaller and 17 percent lighter than the Powerbeats 3. There are physical controls on each earbud, with a dedicated volume buttons for adjusting the volume, and a button for answering and declining phone calls and changing the track that's currently playing. Like the

Apple's Upcoming 'Totally Wireless' Powerbeats Pro Earphones Begin Appearing on Billboards

Apple has started marketing its Powerbeats Pro earphones ahead of their upcoming release with a pair of ads in Hollywood. A banner ad and nearby billboard reveal that the Powerbeats Pro will be "totally wireless," as expected, making them the first cord-free Beats earphones like AirPods. A photo of the ad was tipped to 9to5Mac, which earlier uncovered an image of the Powerbeats Pro and their charging case hidden in iOS 12.2 code. Image Credit: 9to5Mac CNET was first to report on Apple's plans to release cord-free Powerbeats, which will essentially be fitness-oriented AirPods, ideal for the gym, sports, running, and so forth. The website said the new Powerbeats will launch in April, and Apple's ads in Hollywood apparently confirm they are "coming soon." CNET also said the Powerbeats Pro will likely use the same H1 chip as the second-generation AirPods, potentially enabling "Hey Siri" support along with faster switching between source devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Image Credit: 9to5Mac It appears the Powerbeats Pro will be available in both black and white, but pricing remains to be seen. AirPods start at $159, while Powerbeats3 Wireless with a cord between each earbud are regularly $199.95 in the United

Apple's New Wire-Free 'Powerbeats Pro' Pop Up in iOS 12.2

Last week, CNET shared a new rumor suggesting Apple is working on a pair of wire-free Powerbeats Wireless Earphones designed for workouts, similar in design to the AirPods. Today, those new earbuds, called the Powerbeats Pro, were spotted in iOS 12.2. The iOS 12.2 update, which was released following Apple's event, has an image of the Powerbeats Pro discovered by 9to5Mac, giving us our first glimpse at what Apple's Beats-branded wire-free earbuds will look like. The Powerbeats Pro show no wire between them and are housed in a Beats-branded charging case that will provide power and a place to store the Powerbeats when not in use. It appears the Powerbeats Pro will be available in both black and white. It's not clear when Apple plans to release the Powerbeats Pro, but with imagery available in iOS 12.2, they could come relatively soon. CNET says the new earbuds could include the H1 chip that's in Apple's recently released second-generation AirPods, and while not mentioned, it's possible the Powerbeats will also support wireless Qi charging. The new Powerbeats could also offer better bass and water resistance than the AirPods, as well as the ability to stay in the ears during rigorous activity. If that's the case, the Powerbeats could also be compatible with the long-awaited AirPower, which rumors suggest is supposed to be launching soon. There's no word on what the new Powerbeats will cost. Apple priced the new AirPods with Wireless Charging Case at $199,

Apple's Beats Brand to Debut New Wire-Free Powerbeats in April

Apple's Beats brand will soon release an entirely wire-free version of its Powerbeats Wireless Earphones designed for workouts, reports CNET. The updated earphones will be similar to the AirPods, in that there will be no wire between them. Apple won't be cannibalizing its own AirPods sales because Powerbeats are designed for working out, running, and other athletic activities that aren't really meant for AirPods. Apple's current Powerbeats earphones The newly updated AirPods that Apple launched this week feature an updated H1 chip that brings faster switching between devices, quicker connections when making phone calls, "Hey Siri" support and longer talk time, and this chip could also be included in updated Powerbeats. The W1 chip that Apple used in the previous version of the AirPods was also incorporated into its Beats headphones. CNET says that the information comes from a source that has provided reliable details on Apple's plans in the past, with Apple's Beats brand set to release the new earphones in April. Compared to the AirPods, the upcoming Powerbeats could offer better bass and water resistance, as well as the ability to better stay in the ears during rigorous activity. There's no word on what the new Powerbeats will cost. Apple priced the new AirPods with Wireless Charging Case at $199, and current Powerbeats also cost $199, so the price could potentially go up. It's not clear if there are other headphone updates in the works that would be announced at the

Beats Partners With Japanese Fashion Brand Sacai for New Beaded BeatsX Headphones [Updated]

Apple-owned Beats by Dre has partnered with Japanese luxury fashion brand Sacai to produce a new collection of BeatsX headphones. These models come with beaded cables that can be removed and customized to reflect unique patterns (via WatchGeneration). Beats won't be selling these headphones to the masses, however, and is currently planning to launch them at an exclusive pop-up shop in Paris on March 4. It's unclear if the company has any plans to roll out the BeatsX + Sacai collection to Apple retail locations or online. From Beats by Dr. Dre and sacai comes a collaboration that celebrates unique style and individuality. Sacai – an innovative label recognized for mixing high concept designs with functional utility – helps us find a balance between technology and fashion. Reimagined to let listeners incorporate their own creativity and identity, these BeatsX earphones prove that the best accessory to premium sound is personal expression. There are three colors in the collection: Silver Red, Absolute White, and Intense Black. Each BeatsX + Sacai model comes with a carrying pouch that has a Sacai logo, and they're priced at a premium of around $200, over $100 more than the price of normal BeatsX headphones, which can be purchased for around $80-$90 on sale. In a promo video shared on the Beats by Dre YouTube channel, Beats president Luke Wood said that the company was looking for a new partner who could reimagine its products with a different design and color. This led to Sacai's idea to incorporate beads onto BeatsX, creating a more fashion-first aesthetic for

Apple's Beats by Dre Brand Unveils New NBA Collection

Apple's Beats by Dre brand today unveiled a new NBA collection, with Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones available in six colorways representing the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, and Boston Celtics. Each pair of headphones is a different color with subtle same-color logo branding for each NBA team. Get closer to your music and show love for the team you rep with the Beats NBA Collection. These Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones, worn by some of your favorite players, feature your team's authentic colors and iconic logos. The final result is a collection designed just for the fans, honoring the spirit and emotion that makes up each of the six available team options.The NBA Collection Studio 3 Wireless Headphones are priced at $349 and offer the same features as all other Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones such as a W1 chip for pairing, 22 hours of battery life, Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling, and more. Apple announced a Beats by Dre partnership with the NBA back in September, which makes Beats by Dre the official headphone, wireless speaker, and audio partner of the NBA and sister associations WNBA, NBA G League, and USA Basketball. In addition to offering NBA-themed headphones for fans, Beats will also provide headphones for players and advertise during major events like the NBA All-Star, NBA Draft, international games, WNBA games, and

Apple Offering $70 Off Beats Studio3 'Skyline' Wireless Headphones Collection

Apple is offering a special $70 promotional discount on its "Skyline Collection" of Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones on its online store. The Skyline Studio 3 Wireless Headphones come in Crystal Blue, Desert Sand, Midnight Black, and Shadow Grey. All of the colors feature gold accents with a gold beats logo and gold band. The collection was originally launched online in October for $349.99, but Apple is currently offering them for $279.99 online and via Apple Store pickup, presumably for a limited time. Studio 3 Wireless Headphones feature Apple's Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling technology, designed to block external noise when listening. They're also equipped with an Apple W1 chip, designed to make it easy to switch between devices when listening. The power efficiency of the chip also means the headphones last for 22 hours on one charge.

Apple Offers 'New Year Special Edition' Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones in Chinese New Year Gift Guide

In addition to its Back to University promotion launched in Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil today, Apple has also unveiled a pair of special edition Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones as part of its Chinese New Year gift guide. Available in Silver Wing Grey, the New Year Special Edition Beats headphones, which are currently only available in China, continue a new Apple trend of decorating Beats in unique celebratory decals. In October last year, Apple unveiled limited edition Mickey Mouse Beats Solo3 models to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the famous Disney cartoon character. Previous to that, Apple released a Decade Edition model of the Solo3 as a salute to the longevity of the Beats brand, which the company acquired in 2014. As well as the new Beats, Apple's annual Chinese gift guide is also promoting the latest iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad Pro models under the banner of family reunion over the holiday

Black Friday 2018: Best Deals on AirPods, Beats, Bluetooth and Smart Speakers

AirPods, Beats, and other headphones, as well as smart speakers like the Sonos One, make for great holiday gifts at reasonable prices. Black Friday presents an opportunity for additional savings on a variety of these products. AirPods and Other HeadphonesMicro Center is offering $10 off AirPods through Sunday, bringing their price down to $149.99 compared to Apple's regular price of $159. In-store only. Newegg is offering $25 off AirPods with promo code BFAD155, bringing their price down to $139.99, although they are currently sold out. That's $19 off compared to Apple's regular price of $159. Apple is offering a $50 Apple Store gift card with the purchase of Beats Solo3, Studio3, or Powerbeats3 headphones on Black Friday through Cyber Monday. The offer is available on Apple.com, by phone at 1-800-MY-APPLE, and at Apple Stores in the US. Gift card values vary in other participating countries. Walmart has BeatsX for $75, which is $45 off Apple's regular price of $119.95. Best Buy has Powerbeats3 for $99.99, which is $100 off Apple's regular price of $199.95. Target has Beats Solo3 in the Neighborhood Collection for $179.99, which is $120 off Apple's former price of $299.95. Walmart subsidiary Jet has Bose QuietComfort 35 II wireless headphones for $299, down from $349 regularly.Bluetooth and Smart SpeakersBest Buy has the HomePod for $249.99, which is $100 off Apple's regular $349. This is the best deal we've ever seen on the HomePod. Walmart has the Google Home Mini for $25, down from $49.99 regularly. Sonos One is $174 at Best Buy, Sonos.com, and Micro Center

Apple Launches New Beats Studio 3 Wireless 'Skyline' Collection

Apple this morning added a new "Skyline" collection of Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones to its online Apple Store, with a selection of new color options. The Skyline Studio 3 Wireless Headphones come in Crystal Blue, Desert Sand, Midnight Black, and Shadow Grey. All of the colors feature gold accents with a gold beats logo and gold band. Studio 3 Wireless Headphones feature Apple's Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling technology, designed to block external noise when listening. They are also equipped with an Apple W1 chip that's designed to make it easy to switch between devices when listening, and thanks to the efficiency of the chip, the Studio 3 Headphones last for 22 hours on one charge for all-day listening. Like Apple's other Studio 3 Wireless Headphones, the new Skyline collection is priced at $349.95. Skyline Beats are not yet available in Apple retail stores and must be ordered online, but should be arriving in retail locations

Apple Streamlines BeatsX Earphone Lineup and Drops Prices

Apple today revamped the BeatsX earphone lineup available from its online and retail stores, eliminating several colors and lowering the price. The BeatsX Earphones are now available from Apple in black or silver, with all other colors, including space gray, gold, white, and blue, discontinued. Apple has also removed the Black/Red Defiant BeatsX collection. Apple has also dropped the price of the BeatsX Earphones from $149.95 to $119.95, a discount of $30. Apple never offered competitive pricing on the BeatsX, which are often available at a deep discount from retailers like Best Buy. Right now, for example, Best Buy is selling BeatsX in gray, blue, and black for $90, which is even lower than Apple's current baseline price. While a price drop could indicate an upcoming refresh of the Beats headphone lineup, prices may have been lowered in an effort to better match the BeatsX pricing available from other big box retailers. Apple has not tweaked the pricing of other Beats headphones options including the Powerbeats3, the Studio3 Wireless, or the Solo3 wireless. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Best Buy. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

Apple Not Expected to Announce Any New Beats Products at Wednesday's Event

For the past several months, rumors have provided a glimpse of what to expect at Apple's special event on Wednesday. Now, we may know of at least one category that won't see any stage time tomorrow. The Verge, citing a source close to the situation, reports that Apple does not plan to announce any new hardware from its Beats subsidiary at its "Gather Round" event at Steve Jobs Theater on Wednesday. The only new headphones expected are an updated pair of AirPods with "Hey Siri" support. If the report is accurate, that means Apple fans should keep their expectations low for any new Beats headphones, or a lower-priced HomePod rumored to arrive in the form of a Siri-enabled Beats speaker. Apple acquired Beats for $3 billion in 2014, and since then, the company has routinely refreshed the headphone lineup. However, it has yet to do so in 2018. The current lineup revolves around the Beats Solo3, Powerbeats3, and BeatsX, released in 2016 with Apple's W1 chip for easy pairing. Beats also launched Studio3 over-ear headphones with the W1 chip in 2017, followed by urBeats 3 with a Lightning connector, but for the most part, the headphone lineup is nearly two years outdated. With so many rumored products in Apple's pipeline through the remainder of this year, it's not much of a surprise that Beats might not see any stage time at its September event. The keynote is expected to revolve around new iPhones, Apple Watch Series 4 models, new AirPods, and AirPower charging mat availability. It's unclear when Beats may be updated next. Apple certainly has enough on its