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Apr 12, 2001

Similar to the current confusion regarding the release date of Apple's AirPods, a couple of differing launch days for the new wireless BeatsX earphones have begun sprouting up online, leading to uncertainty over when exactly Apple will begin selling the new Beats-branded earphones.

In line with some AirPods rumors, most retailers are placing order dates in December for BeatsX. The new rumors would mean BeatsX will miss the retail rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up this week, but would place the earphones as potentially available for last-minute holiday shopping later in December.


Fry's Electronics has the earphones listed as estimated to ship on December 5, 2016. Users can add the BeatsX to their cart, but pre-orders aren't available yet as checkout can't be completed at the time of writing. The date was originally spotted by a user on Reddit.

Photo, video, and audio electronics retailer B&H also has a date listed for BeatsX, with expected availability of the earphones on December 16. Users can pre-order BeatsX at B&H, although detailed shipping estimates for them are not yet available. At both Fry's and B&H, the BeatsX earphones are listed at the expected price of $149.95.


On Apple's website, the earphones are still simply "coming this fall." As was the case with the AirPods, it's likely that most retailers are using placeholder dates for BeatsX until they receive word on the official launch. Still, since November is nearly over and there's been no word from Apple yet, there is a growing possibility that both AirPods and BeatsX will launch sometime in December, in time for holiday shopping.

The BeatsX earphones were announced during Apple's September 7 iPhone event, along with the Beats Solo3 and Powerbeats3 devices. The new line of Beats headphones have Apple's W1 chip -- also found in the AirPods -- that lets them pair easily with an iPhone. The Powerbeats3 wireless earphones launched in October.

Article Link: BeatsX Release Rumors Point to December Launch Date


macrumors 603
Feb 22, 2009
Didn't it say something about them coming out with more colors than just black or white?


macrumors newbie
Nov 18, 2015
Have any products come out with the W1 chip or is that likely the cause for all of the delays?


Nov 20, 2016
I'm not believing anything until it's from Apple. All these rumours we're hearing.

These won't go on-sale before the AirPods. There's no delay with these.


macrumors newbie
May 3, 2011


Oct 1, 2015
Is earbud technology advancing that fast? Do these offer much more than the $35 sennheiser earbuds?


macrumors 604
Feb 4, 2004
Florida Resident
Maybe the AirPods delay was to ensure the BeatsX gets a fair chance to sell

That makes a lot of sense from past Apple launches. Usually on the Macs, they don't like to release all of them at once so they can maximum sales. Rumors suggest it was a technical issue with the AirPods for the delay though.

I am curious of the reviews on BeatsX. Is it going to have good quality or is Apple just going to sell low quality headphones for high prices for higher profits.
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macrumors regular
Mar 4, 2011
I would at least wait until some reviews come out. If you're in the apple ecosystem the W1 is a must have for wireless headphones.

That's fair. I'm just comparing the Bose to the quality of the Powerbeats Wireless line which are even more expensive than the BeatsX and it's like night and day in terms of sound quality, comfort, etc. in favor of the Bose.


macrumors 68000
Sep 16, 2012
I guess the AirPods will be released earlier than the beats. I see apple giving priority to the AirPods before holiday season and delaying the beats because of saving parts/W1 chip for the AirPods .


macrumors member
Jul 18, 2007
North Carolina
I've been holding out for these earphones for a few reasons...

1. The design doesn't look dorky, plus they're magnetic, so when you take them out they just fall and snap with eachother and hang in front of you. Also they include a volume/skip control.
2. They charge via lightning cable, so that's one less cable to keep up with.
3. They're probably gonna sound better than the AirPods (and at a slightly lower price-point).
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