Apple Obsoletes Older Beats Models as Push Towards Wireless Continues

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple updated its vintage and obsolete products list today with the addition of some older Beats wired headphones and accessories, including select first- or second-generation Heartbeats, Mixr, Powerbeats, Pro, Solo, Solo HD, Studio and Tour models. One old wireless model was also obsoleted.

    Apple products on the vintage and obsolete list are no longer eligible for hardware service, with a few exceptions. Apple defines obsolete products as those that have not been manufactured for more than seven years, while vintage products are those that were discontinued more than five but less than seven years ago.


    The following Beats headphones and accessories are now obsolete in the U.S., Asia-Pacific, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Latin America:Heartbeats (2nd gen.): black, white
    Mixr: black, white
    Powerbeats (1st gen.): black, red, white
    Pro: black, Detox, white
    Solo (1st gen.): black, white, HTC white
    Solo HD: black, black-gold, purple, red, white, Yao Ming
    Studio (1st g.): Red Sox, black, blue, green, orange, pink, purple, red, silver, white
    Tour (1st gen.): black, white
    Urbeats (1st gen.): black, matte white
    Wireless (1.5): black, whiteApple obsoleting many of the older Beats wired models listed above is largely unsurprising, but it comes at a time when the company is expected to make a big push towards wireless connectivity on its flagship product.

    Multiple reports claim the iPhone 7 will not have a headphone jack, but rather an all-in-one Lightning port for docking and audio. iPhone 7 users would be able to pair wireless headphones over Bluetooth, use Lightning-equipped headphones or connect headphones with traditional 3.5mm jacks with a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter.

    Apple may release Lightning-equipped EarPods, and the company already offers Powerbeats 2, Solo2 and Studio wireless headphones through its Beats brand. It is also rumored the iPhone 7 will feature wireless charging, allowing for the smartphone to be charged at the same time Lightning-equipped headphones are being used.


    Apple is also said to be developing new wireless headphones ahead of the iPhone 7's likely September unveiling.

    Article Link: Apple Obsoletes Older Beats Models as Push Towards Wireless Continues
  2. garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    This massive Apple purge process is absolutely amazing.
  3. Mums Suspended


    Oct 4, 2011
  4. JustinGN macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2013
    I'm all for wireless connectivity, but my gripe with it remains that Bluetooth audio is largely inferior to that of even a basic wired connection over 3.5mm, and unless Apple is going to be open to a lot more DAC/Amp makers using the Lightning connection on iOS devices for raw digital output, then a lot of audiophiles like myself may be a bit squicked by the lack of a headphone jack.

    Where's the rumor they'll finally adapt AptX, or AptX lossless? If going wireless means being forced back into the realm of AAC, I'll pass and run as many janky adaptors as needed for analog out to my existing P5s; if, on the other hand, I can enjoy my ALAC files over wireless, I'll gladly replace/upgrade my P5s for it, if only to free myself of this terrible, easily broken cable.
  5. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Profit disagrees with you. Apple likes profit.
  6. dynamojoe macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2011
    Miami, FL
    I wish "obsoletes" meant "fire sale". I could use another set of headphones.

    (YES, I know they suck, YES, I know there are better on the market, NO, I don't bloody well care)
  7. sunapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    iPhone 6S - 7.1mm
    iPhone 6 - 6.9mm
    iPod Touch - 6.1mm
    Oppo R5 - 4.85mm (link) -> no headphone jack

    It seems there's still room for improvement with the headphone port in place, but not that much. The iPhone 4 was the worlds thinnest phone at the time, now they probably want to do it again.

    And no, using bumps does not count.
  8. scottishwildcat macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    Then just go and buy some headphones today that cost the same as Beats would in a fire sale, and you'll get roughly the same quality.
  9. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    As it should.

    Not that I think everyone should jump on the wireless headphone bandwagon, but if anyone should do it it should be Apple. They really need to turn that Beats investment into some game changing stuff. Wireless Beats earpods with every iPod/iPhone if you ask me.

    Or maybe I'm being a bit irrational.
  10. JustThinkin' macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2014
    Most of Apple's products are active (powered) devices, so they depend on chips and other components that go obsolete themselves. However, with passive devices, it's reasonable to provide parts and service for a longer period of time.

    As much as I don't care for the sound of Beats headphones, I'm disappointed Apple's not supporting these premium-priced headphones for longer.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 12, 2016 ---
    It didn't work too well for HTC, but maybe it will for Apple?
  11. scaramoosh macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2014
    I bought Studio Wireless last month and they suck, constantly dropping like when you whack a cd player and it stops for a second. I dunno why it's always doing it but I noticed if I cover up the top antenna it drops completely....

    So I dunno if it's the headphones or if the iPhone 6s just has **** bluetooth.
  12. 8692574 Suspended


    Mar 18, 2006
    So the bump for the camera is ok but the one for the jack no? This is racism at its finest!
  13. bstpierre macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2008
    I don't think that is a Beats issue. My Jaybird bluetooth earbuds do the same thing. Maybe worse than the Studio Beats, hard to quantify. One time my Studio Wireless did the buffeting sound (like one car window open) and I had to take them off and put them back on so the noise cancellation could right itself.

    As an aside, a coworker was telling me how great his Bose Wireless headset are at canceling noise on the plane. After some research I was able to determine that his wireless headset does not have noise cancellation. (And I think none of Bose wireless headsets have noise cancellation. It is either wireless or noise canceling.)
  14. scaramoosh macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2014
    All I know is I'm now using a £15 Sony sbh20 and it doesn't do it, the Beats were just unlistenable, it'll do it like 3 or 4 times per song. I have to be perfectly still sitting indoors for it not to do it, but the whole reason I got them is to listen to stuff while I'm at work or walking the dog.
  15. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    Maybe I understood that different, but I also wish they would obsolete Beats - the name, not the product. Apple has completed messed up their product naming and I don't think this is a marketing thing.

    Phones have number years and S years
    Laptops have airs and books and pros
    iPads have numbers then new then minis then airs then numbered airs and now pros
    desktops have screen sizes
    for earphones we have pods and beats and solos

    Someone please get over there and clean up their product naming.

    Personally, I like the concept of product and a descriptor to suggest size. So --

    iPhone (M)ini/(S)tandard/Plus equal to today's 5s/6s/6s+
    iPad (M)ini/(S)tandard/Plus equal to today's mini/air2/pro
    MacBook (M)ini/(S)tandard/Plus equal to today's air/book/pro

    For the earphones you have (I)n ear/(O)n ear/O(V)er ear

    Of course you may like a different convention. My point is just that a convention is needed versus what they have now.
  16. Alexrat1996 macrumors 68040


    Mar 29, 2015
    Lehigh valley PA
    My model is listed but it's still in warranty maybe Apple give me refund if they die got them replaced twice already
  17. sunapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    Not if they want to claim to have the worlds thinnest smartphone like they did in 2010, apparently.
  18. Poisednoise macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2009
    London UK
    Completely agree. Sennheiser still sells spare parts for the very first set of headphones I ever owned (HD414s- such amazing headphones for the time: purchased 1983) and the second set (HD480s - 1991). Agreed, computers and other electronics have a limited shelf life, but this sort of hardware should continue to be supported.
  19. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
    The naming convention is probably more of personal issue for you than it is for people who buy Beats gear.

    In the end, it appears the gear is being purchased regardless of your personal standings on naming conventions.
  20. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    Nothing I stated suggested that people were not buying because of the naming convention. However, I am very sure it causes confusion. I was in the Apple store earlier this week, getting my iphone 6s replaced (circuit board fried - never had that happen) and I sat at the genius bar, I heard a lot of non techies asking a lot of questions. Among the questions I would hear things like what the difference between x and y. (Actually mostly around air vs book, but my point stands)
  21. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Mums could have been referring to the name Beats. Fair point. Even if that's the case, getting rid of the Beats name would be a mistake in my opinion. Beats is a stand alone brand name who's success in not dependent upon Apple. That type of worldwide brand recognition is hard to come by. Only Bose comes close in brand recognition in that arena. Renaming Beats to, let's say, i-Whatever would negatively affect the sales; again imo. Apple branded products are known for working inside Apple's ecosystem. The assumption with a renamed product would be they only work inside the "walled garden". The Beats name is ecosystem agnostic. People buy Beats for Beats, not Apple. As long as the remain as popular and profitable as they have, Apple has no reason to rename Beats. Eventually, we all know they will rename Beats. But if it's me... I'd be in no rush.
  22. venom600 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 23, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I don't understand... they are still selling many of those on the Apple Store as we speak. My bet is that Apple labeled them vintage to attract the hipster crowd.
  23. JustThinkin' macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2014
    Sennheiser is who I had in mind, in fact - I think they may still have support for even my lower-end HD400s.
  24. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    I'm sure Apple will include wireless headphones free of charge with the iPhone 7.

    *iPhone price will increase $99
  25. Mums Suspended


    Oct 4, 2011
    I disagree with your assessment. Maybe new Apple likes profit, but old Apple put quality even before profit - that's why they made so much profit. It takes a certain mindset to understand that, so I don't expect you to understand.

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