Apple Announces New Line of Beats Headphones With W1 Wireless Chip

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple and Beats today announced a new line of wireless Beats by Dre headphones powered by Apple's new W1 chip. The chip allows the new headphones, like Apple's new AirPods, to take advantage of easy, instant pairing to an iPhone.


    The new Beats Solo3, Powerbeats3 and BeatsX can be paired to an iPhone by powering them up and holding them near an iPhone. The headphones will pair with your iPhone and simultaneously connect to your Apple Watch and Mac.

    The Solo3 and Powerbeats3 are updates to Beats' two signature lines of headphones: the over-the-head casual listening Solo line and the athletically-focused Powerbeats line. The BeatsX, however, are a new line of headphones aimed at being a more mobile everyday pair of headphones.

    All three headphones come with Fast Fuel, a fast-charging solution that can deliver more power with 5 minutes of charging. 5 minutes of charging delivers 3 hours of playback for the Solo3, 2 hours of playback for the BeatsX and an hour of playback for the Powerbeats3.

    The Solo3 headphones are available for $299 on The Powerbeats3 and BeatsX will be available for $199 and $149, respectively, later this year.

    Article Link: Apple Announces New Line of Beats Headphones With W1 Wireless Chip
  2. sualpine macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2013
    NO to removing the 3.5mm audio jack. You can leave those fancy AirPods to the portrait video shooting generation.​
  3. scaramoosh macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2014
  4. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    I won't upgrade my current bluetooth beats.... but the airpods
  5. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    When my current Powerbeats2 die, I'll get the new ones.
  6. Kyle4 macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2010
    I like that the Solo 3s have 40 hour battery life (compared to the 12 of the Solo 2) but if they don't allow you to use them battery free I'll stick with the ones I have.
  7. stellaclose macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2006
  8. djnigelchung macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2015
    Silicon Valley
    I just got my powerbeat2, I think they are out of return period.. I'll do the same. No increased battery information.

    Also no studio, that's what I was waiting for
  9. Gilligan's last elephant macrumors 65816

    Aug 4, 2016
    Why would they die? Are they unreliable?!
  10. jdillings macrumors 68000

    Jun 21, 2015
    How much you want to bet Apple will block wireless headphones that have not been licensed to use the W1 chip?
  11. Textime macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2016
    For those of you who were hoping for new Macs I feel deeply sorry for you. Even if I don't care about Macs. You were always mentioning it.
  12. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    Macs come in the OCTOBER event...

    Wait so are these new Beats going to have W1 AND BlueTooth?! Or just W1.
  13. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    Block how??

    As in not allowing Bluetooth devices that aren't Apple/Beats? That's a firm no. Silly idea at best.
  14. CFreymarc Suspended

    Sep 4, 2009
    Did you also keep those Edison Wax Cyliders?
  15. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    Nothing like that. Just athletic life wear and tear and battery age over time.

    Very happy with them in fact.
  16. Fall Under Cerulean Kites macrumors 6502

    Fall Under Cerulean Kites

    May 12, 2016
    No kidding! Oh hold on. Someone’s calling my land line and call waiting is clicking. I think my modem is going to drop………. #*(&*(&#JKLH889u3klj&*(#il#y879#HIUA#hiu #*& 7#&**&#H&*H*#&
  17. boston04and07 macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2008
    And it looks like they all still use micro USB for charging...ugh. I'm very surprised they didn't do Lightning for that.
  18. Woyzeck macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2012
    Well, i have an Apple USB SuperDrive drive here which won't even start under Windows. Though it's just a simple DVD drive.
  19. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    Completely different concept. You'd have to strip out the Bluetooth API in iOS to block the usage of regular bluetooth headphones. Windows just doesn't have the drivers available to it for the Superdrive unless you use boot camp.

    Not to mention the complete violation of anti-trust laws.
  20. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816


    Apr 12, 2007
    So is Apple gonna have a whole alphabet of chips now? Geez.
  21. shk718 macrumors 65816

    Jun 26, 2007
    I just ordered the beats solo3 but I must laugh. Apple is including a 3.5 mm plug and not lightning
  22. Fall Under Cerulean Kites macrumors 6502

    Fall Under Cerulean Kites

    May 12, 2016
    Interesting question. What naming scheme would you propose? Certainly you must have a better idea!
  23. RDeckard, Sep 7, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2016

    RDeckard macrumors regular


    Sep 23, 2013
    sualpine forgot to yell: GET OFF MY LAWN, YOU LITTLE WHIPPERSNAPPERS!!!
  24. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    I am just catching up with all of the announcements. Is it for certain that W1 is Bluetooth?
    Is it Bluetooth 5?
    Or some proprietary variant?
    Was there definite confirmation that W1 = the Bluetooth standard?

    Sorry if this is already covered somewhere else.
  25. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I'm a little confused also. If you look here at the specs, it looks like just plain old BT.

    If you scroll down to the compatibility section is lists about every Apple BT device ever all the way back to the first iPhone. So I'm confused about what this M1 chip is adding to the picture?

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