Apple Announces Beats Pill+ Speaker Available in November for $229

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Apple today announced a new Beats Pill+ Bluetooth wireless speaker with a simplistic design, stereo active 2-way crossover system and 12-hour battery life. The speaker will be available for $229.95 in black or white through the Apple Online Store and authorized Beats retailers beginning next month.

Beats Pill+ Bluetooth Wireless Speaker will retail for $229.95 (Image: The Verge)

The new Beats Pill+ companion app will enable users to control the speaker using a smartphone, with features including the ability to control music from two Bluetooth sources and sync two Beats Pill+ speakers together for either simultaneous or dedicated right and left playback.
"When you obsess about sound the way that we do at Beats, portable Bluetooth speakers can be very tricky," said Beats President Luke Wood. "We spent countless days, weeks, months testing for that perfect combination of form and function - small enough to travel but still big enough to feel the emotion of the music. That's what you get with Pill+."
The new Beats Pill+ replaces the original Beats Pill unveiled in October 2012, and is the company's first new speaker since being acquired by Apple for $3 billion in May 2014. The new Beats Pill+ is larger than the original Pill speaker, but smaller than the recalled Beats XL speaker, and weighs 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg).

Beats Pill+ companion app for iOS and Android

The Verge went hands-on with the new Beats Pill+ speaker, calling it "the most attractive looking and sounding speaker that Beats has ever made" after listening to a brief demo of songs from various genres, including tracks by The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Tom Petty and punk rock band PUP.
More important than the look and build is the sound, and judging from my brief demo the Pill+ is likely the best-sounding Pill ever. That's apparently all thanks to what's called a two-way active system, meaning that amplifiers are built into the speakers -- two in fact, one for each pair of woofer and tweeter. This helps better assign the different frequencies of music to the right parts of the speaker, resulting in better sound.
The Beats Pill+ is equipped with both Lightning and USB ports on the back for charging your iPhone or other devices. The speaker has a rubberized power button and volume controls and a metallic Beats logo that doubles as a play/pause button. There is also a line in audio port.

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Never got in to these little speakers. Do they have good sound? I like airplay which my surround sound supports. Of course these are much more portable for maybe chilling outside on the deck or something!
 

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I use my Bose Soundlink Mini II in my car that has no radio, so I connect it to my phone to play offline music. Would love to have digital radio in there, but that's probably never going to happen.

Love the Soundlink for its build quality (heavy and aluminum make it feel so premium - which it is at $200), size and sound. Curious how the Pill+ compares.
 

Rogifan

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Looks like these aren't designed by Apple. The bottom of the speaker doesn't say 'Designed by Apple in California' and it says 'Made in China' whereas Apple's stuff says Assembled in China'.
 

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This. WTF.

I don't get why AirPlay speakers never took off. I have an iHome W3 and love it. It's a little flaky, but the ability to push music from iTunes to multiple devices (Apple TVs, Airports, this speaker) makes it worth it.
Yeah I find Bluetooth kind of shoddy and the quality isn't always there. I feel like the bitrate goes down when using it. My understanding is that AirPlay keeps the quality in tact but I don't own an AirPlay device and I'm too lazy to Google it.
 

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Never got in to these little speakers. Do they have good sound? I like airplay which my surround sound supports. Of course these are much more portable for maybe chilling outside on the deck or something!
They are great for exactly what you mentioned. I have a Jambox and it's awesome for camping trips, the beach, or taking it up to the rooftop. The sound is surprisingly good, at least with the Jambox, they are very durable, and the battery life lasts all day.
 
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My comments are based on comparisons from several years back, but I compared several at the Apple store when more than Beats was offered. The Bose Mini Soundlinks blew every other similar sized speaker out the water. And it wasn't just the highs and the lows. Still use them to this day and still amazed at the bass that comes from them.
 
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Charged by a lightning cable, huh? Apple is really bringing the Lightning devices this year.
Yup, I wonder what else that lightning port is capable of with a firmware update? Lightning and wireless on an audio device with a 57% growth in Bluetooth headphone and speakers over the last year, I'd say the the days of the headphone jack on ever slimming Apple products is numbered.

No AirPlay?? :eek:
I think that's coming. Apple Music was and still is the priority I think. No need to invest in a complete home delivery system until they get the kinks worked out of it ... And there are quite a few kinks. Compared to my Sonos system which is very easy to use, and gives me easy access to any streaming service I want.

But reading about the capabilities of these Beats speakers, I noticed many similarities between them, and Sonos, that I don't think we're there before. So this could potentially be a test run to see whether consumers will utilize them in that fashion with Bluetooth technology, before they roll out the big guns down the line -- a complete wireless sound system for the home that connects to all of your Apple devices, anywhere anytime, all controlled by Siri. When Apple builds that car, it's gonna need a sound system too. So it makes sense that Apple would continue to expand in areas they're gonna need for that car if nothing else ... ;-)
 

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I use my Bose Soundlink Mini II in my car that has no radio, so I connect it to my phone to play offline music. Would love to have digital radio in there, but that's probably never going to happen.

Love the Soundlink for its build quality (heavy and aluminum make it feel so premium - which it is at $200), size and sound. Curious how the Pill+ compares.
The Bose Soundlink Mini II is vastly superior in build quality and sound to the Beats Pill. Given how much worse the Pill sounds than the Soundlink Mini, I doubt even a major improvement would make the Pill+ sound good in comparison.
 

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Apple today announced a new Beats Pill+ Bluetooth wireless speaker with a simplistic design, stereo active 2-way crossover system and 12-hour battery life. The speaker will be available for $229.95 in black or white through the Apple Online Store and authorized Beats retailers beginning next month.


Beats Pill+ Bluetooth Wireless Speaker will retail for $229.95 (Image: The Verge)

The new Beats Pill+ companion app will enable users to control the speaker using a smartphone, with features including the ability to control music from two Bluetooth sources and sync two Beats Pill+ speakers together for either simultaneous or dedicated right and left playback.The new Beats Pill+ replaces the original Beats Pill unveiled in October 2012, and is the company's first new speaker since being acquired by Apple for $3 billion in May 2014. The new Beats Pill+ is larger than the original Pill speaker, but smaller than the recalled Beats XL speaker, and weighs 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg).


Beats Pill+ companion app for iOS and Android

The Verge went hands-on with the new Beats Pill+ speaker, calling it "the most attractive looking and sounding speaker that Beats has ever made" after listening to a brief demo of songs from various genres, including tracks by The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Tom Petty and punk rock band PUP.The Beats Pill+ is equipped with both Lightning and USB ports on the back for charging your iPhone or other devices. The speaker has a rubberized power button and volume controls and a metallic Beats logo that doubles as a play/pause button. There is also a line in audio port.

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Try $119. $229 is high, even for Apple.
 
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zorinlynx

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Oh Apple, you're adorable when you try to break into new markets.

JBL's portable speakers not only sound better than Beats but cost less. The recently released Flip 3 and Extreme are amazing and give you a lot more boom for the buck.
 
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