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Apple today received FCC approval for a pair of wireless earphones with model number A2015, described as "Power Beats Wireless" in the regulatory documents. These are likely the rumored "Powerbeats4" earphones with "Hey Siri" support that MacRumors uncovered images of in iOS 13.3.1 code last month.

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Powerbeats4 mockup by MacRumors contributor Ryan Barrieau

"Powerbeats4" should be an upgraded version of Powerbeats3 with an Apple-designed H1 chip for hands-free "Hey Siri" voice commands and "Announce Messages with Siri." The latter feature allows Siri to read your incoming messages out loud when your earphones are connected to your iPhone or iPad and the device is locked.

Apple already released totally wireless Powerbeats Pro with "Hey Siri" support last year for $249. "Powerbeats4" would stick with a cable between each earpiece like the Powerbeats3, which retail for $199.

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FCC filing for new Powerbeats with model number A2015

FCC filings usually foreshadow the release of new Apple products within days, so "Powerbeats4" could be announced imminently with a press release, unless they are held for an Apple event in March.

Related: Everything We Know About Apple's Upcoming Powerbeats4 Earbuds

Article Link: Apple's Rumored Powerbeats4 Receive FCC Approval
 
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SoN1NjA

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Literally just for the email for the FCC ID and came here lol

They just be dropping today, because the only time the FCC holds Apple’s FCC ID’s is on release date from what I’ve seen in the past year
 

AngerDanger

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From a cursory inspection, it looks like Powerbeats will finally be getting those little plastic tabs they sometimes put in electronics to keep them from turning on before being opened! Wooo! ?
 

edgonzalez32

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Hell yea I can't wait for these to come out. Been wanting to replace my pwerbeats3 which has lasted for such a long time (and I bought them refurbed too).
 

nylonsteel

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looks like my $30 sports earbuds - which work just fine for me
except for the cable cinch which i always take off and throw away
 
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Greenmeenie

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I much prefer the around the ear style powerbeats Pro than the Apple Airpods. I am an active guy & my ears spit out airpods. Cannot wear them.
 

robjulo

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The quality of every Beats product I’ve owned (numerous Beats X and numerous pairs of Powerbeats Pro) has been abysmal. Much, much prefer and am much happier with the Air Pods Pro.
 
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UltimaKilo

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Glad they are continuing to develop the Powerbeats line. Great for runners who favor an over-ear, wire-connected option.

I have to agree with this. I still use my PowerBeats3 for running and biking daily, and I have never considered the Pro. These are the best headphones for running, without a doubt.
 

iSayuSay

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PowerBeats are the iPhone XR of AirPods Pro/PowerBeats Pro. They exist only to prop up the better models.

Better models? That's relative. PowerBeats 4 has cable to keep your buds secured, it has an easy access remote that doesn't make you touching your ears. It also has a single bluetooth module that is simple and reliable, and will save quite battery life. Lastly it doesn't need rechargeable case that has to be carried around along with the buds. That's way better features than APP or PBP.

This is an OG "wireless" headphones and I love it. In fact I'm still holding onto my 3 years old BeatsX (still working pretty well) for said reasons. If this PB4 has H1 chip and Bluetooth 5, it's a win for me.
 
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_karrol

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I used to have Powerbeats 3 and these were hands down the worst headphones I have ever owned. They were great when they were functioning, but this didn't happen too often as they were super prone to sweat (sic!!!). It was really pathetic as I had mine replaced twice and both times ended up with the same issue, so finally decided to sell the last pair directly after I got it. After all this I saw that the review page of Powerbeats 3 on Apple website was (not anymore, Apple deleted all the comments when it modified color options of PB3...) full of outraged customers with the same issues which means that my case was not isolated and Apple just produced a lousy product and didn't really bother improving it over its lifetime. For headphones this expensive it is unacceptable. So, after this adventure I parted ways with Apple-made headphones and I'm not coming back for sure, but I do hope they managed to improve the design with these new ones.
 

Rocko99991

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I much prefer the around the ear style powerbeats Pro than the Apple Airpods. I am an active guy & my ears spit out airpods. Cannot wear them.
Mine do to. I put foam covers in the shape of doughnuts and they stay put. Bag of 20 for 99 cents.
 

LotusLord

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I bought my wife and myself each a pair of PowerBeats 3 for Christmas 2018. They get regular use during work outs and have been fantastic. Feel solid in the ear, and the sound quality is reasonable to me (I'm not an audiophile by any stretch). The only problem I have with them is the micro USB charging.
 

robjulo

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I didn’t.....everyone of each was exchanges. Among the issues...bluetooth failing, buttons failing, charging failing (there are multiple posts regarding the PBB and charging issues....go look).

I switched to the APP when the Apple customer rep at the store suggested the beats were trash, and I should go to APP and he suggested just an even swap since I was still within warranty of my second pair.

If they were abysmal, why did you buy so many?
 

PinkyMacGodess

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I didn’t.....everyone of each was exchanges. Among the issues...bluetooth failing, buttons failing, charging failing (there are multiple posts regarding the PBB and charging issues....go look).

I switched to the APP when the Apple customer rep at the store suggested the beats were trash, and I should go to APP and he suggested just an even swap since I was still within warranty of my second pair.

BUT, do the APP's have a power switch? My Powerbeats Pro's connect to the numerous things that I use them with while they are in the case. Makes total sense, doesn't it. I can't use them, in the case, so why not connect to *something*. It's not like I bought them to be used or anything. (So being connected to something while in the case means that they can't be used because they are DEAD!)
 

CarlJ

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BUT, do the APP's have a power switch? My Powerbeats Pro's connect to the numerous things that I use them with while they are in the case.
The AirPods Pro don't have a power switch, but I've never had them connect to anything when they were in the case. so they don't really need a power switch (for your use case anyway).
 

iSayuSay

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I bought my wife and myself each a pair of PowerBeats 3 for Christmas 2018. They get regular use during work outs and have been fantastic. Feel solid in the ear, and the sound quality is reasonable to me (I'm not an audiophile by any stretch). The only problem I have with them is the micro USB charging.

You could've bought Beats X and it charges with Lightning Port. It was the only earphones beside AirPods to use Lightning port.
 
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robjulo

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What does whatever you are ranting about have anything to do with what I wrote? For what purpose did you quote my comments regarding quality?

BUT, do the APP's have a power switch? My Powerbeats Pro's connect to the numerous things that I use them with while they are in the case. Makes total sense, doesn't it. I can't use them, in the case, so why not connect to *something*. It's not like I bought them to be used or anything. (So being connected to something while in the case means that they can't be used because they are DEAD!)
 

PinkyMacGodess

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What does whatever you are ranting about have anything to do with what I wrote? For what purpose did you quote my comments regarding quality?

I was reinforcing your comment on what the salesdrone said. Yes, the PBPros are really sketchy. The lack of any control on when they connect to something is so ridiculous, and underdone. I was hoping that the APP handled being in the case better than the PBP do. Apparently they do. It's inexcusable, to me, that they didn't THINK about the PBP enough to have a software switch to shutoff the Bluetooth connection system when it's in the case. It seems so simple, I can't believe they shipped with that flaw. It's really getting to me. How 'basic' is the idea that the dang things should only connect to a source when they are able to be actually used.

I should have bought the APP's instead of another pair of the PBP's. *sigh*
 
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