Apple Announces Powerbeats Pro, Launching Soon for $250

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    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.

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    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 AirPods, the Powerbeats Pro automatically detect when they're in your ears and can play/pause music accordingly.

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    The Powerbeats Pro come in their own clamshell-style charging case, which adds over 24 hours of combined playback with the nine hours of listening time that you get from each earbud. There's a 5-minute Fast Fuel feature that provides up to 1.5 hours of playback in five minutes.

    Apple says the Powerbeats Pro use "Class 1 Bluetooth technology" for extended range and fewer dropouts, and the H1 chip that's in the second-generation AirPods is also in the Powerbeats Pro.

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    Apple is making the Powerbeats Pro available in four colors: Black, Ivory, Moss, and Navy. The Powerbeats Pro launch in May in US and more than 20 additional countries and regions, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

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  2. sp3k0psv3t, Apr 3, 2019
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    Yikes..... $250 is steep.

    9 hours of listening isn’t specified if that’s with case recharge or 9 hours of listening “per charge” for each ear piece. AirPods 2.0 get about 4-5 hours and my AirPods 1.0 get (now) about 1.5-3.0 hours of listening per charge.

    So, if Apple are advertising 9 full hours of use “per charge,” and they have improved sound performance over the AirPods, it might be worth a look relative to the $250 tag, but there are a lot of options other once u get over $250.

    AirPods at $175 (est.) is a tough sell; these at $250 might be impossible. But what do I know about sales and purchasing lol.
     
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    Never liked beats sounding headphones so no thanks airpods are for me, some people will be like wow its black now lol but nah beats never sound good to me
     
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    Might get these for the gym but come on... No date ? Just a coming soon like with AirPower.
     
  8. 1Zach1 macrumors 65816

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    Most of the features I want, but at $250 they can’t compete with the Jabra 65t.
     
  9. John Connor macrumors newbie

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    Slightly too expensive. I'll order AirPods 2 now I've seen these.
     
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    “After much effort, we've concluded Powerbeats Pro will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project.”
     
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    I am glad there is choice now for all those complaining about the AirPods. now they can complain about this too!

    but seriously, hope to hear more about Siri being implemented. physical controls seem so dated.
     
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    'Apple says they are "coming soon"'.

    Yeah right.
     
  13. Wig321 macrumors member

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    Beats sound better, AirPods are just easier to wear day to day.
     
  14. acorntoy macrumors 65816

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    I’m actually thinking it’s cheap. Just $50 above the normal version. It’s like if they made AirPods $79
     
  15. Glockworkorange macrumors 68000

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    I think the one with wires between the ears was $299. Or maybe it was $250 also? I have them; but don't remember what I paid.
     
  16. NightFox macrumors 68020

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    I think you missed the fact that they're called PRO - that's got to be worth $150 in itself.
     
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    Normal version is $199
     
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    Airpods sound horrible compared to powerbeats
     
  21. JPack macrumors 68040

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    Price is high to make up for lost AirPower revenue.

    Wouldn't surprise me if it were true.
     
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    NO thanks! Read reviews on any site you want to: Amazon, Best Buy, etc. Powerbeats are horrible and need to be replaced on a frequent basis. I’ll hold off and let the beta testers have at it.
     
  23. Sethal macrumors member

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    $50 too much for my blood. They look great, but my series 1 AirPods do just fine at the gym for now.
     
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    Think they were going to axe the previous model and introduce these at the same price point before that all happened?
     

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