No New Studio Wireless Headphones Coming From Beats in 2016

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple recently announced several updates to its Beats line of headphones, debuting new wireless Beats Solo3, PowerBeats3, and BeatsX products, all of which take advantage of the company's new W1 wireless chip for battery life improvements.

    Missing from the lineup was a new version of the high-end over-ear Studio Wireless headphones, and according to CNET, no updated Studio Wireless products are planned for the near future due to an inability to improve battery life.


    The existing Studio Wireless headphones, priced at $380, offer an Adaptive Noise Canceling feature that consumes battery life. The headphones feature a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 12 hours when used over Bluetooth and 20 hours when plugged into an iOS device.

    Apple's new Beats Solo3 headphones are available for $299 from The PowerBeats3 and the BeatsX, priced at $199 and $149, respectively, will debut this fall. Apple is also planning to introduce Apple-branded wire-free "AirPods," which will be priced at $159 and will be available in October.

    Article Link: No New Studio Wireless Headphones Coming From Beats in 2016
  2. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I found this super strange. They're overpriced as is.
  3. Tmelon macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2011
    They could at least have done a price cut to reflect the fact that they've been out for multiple years. Regardless, I do enjoy my Studio Wireless. Very underrated pair of headphones.
  4. Mac Fly (film), Sep 22, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2016

    Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    That most of the new Beats headphones still use Micro-USB is all kinds of sad. Perhaps my least favourite connector. Just move to Lightning for charging and dump wired used entirely. Solo3 aren't a DJ headphone anyway, and with 40-hour battery life and a 400+ foot range wires are the least concern.

    And while Apple are at it just move to Lightning to Lightning for all of their iOS charging cables/plugs.
  5. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    No new headphones? This is completely unacceptable, Apple. I bought a Dell XPS instead and couldn't be happier.

    Am I doing this right?
  6. RamGuy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2011
    I find it really awkward that Apple decided to still use Micro-USB on the new Beats Solo 3. Doesn't make any sense at all. It also comes with only a standard minijack cable for those who want to use it with cable at times. No Lightning option to use with the iPhone 7.
  7. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    An adapter would be handy ;-)
  8. ILuvEggplant Suspended


    Jul 28, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA
    You know - i never considered this Beats Studios.

    Any thoughts on it?

    I've demoed the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 - i liked them very much and not very impressed with the noise cancellation. I also didnt find them very comfortable over my ears.

    I just ordered the Bose Quiet Comfort 35's.

    No where in my research did anyone suggest to buy Apple Beats Studios.
  9. _Refurbished_ macrumors 68000


    Mar 23, 2007
  10. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    I would think they would at least bundle in a Lightning cable with them now, for wired use with an iPhone7 without a dongle.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 22, 2016 ---
    I think this has to do with pre-acquisition designs and post-acquisition designs. The Beats X and Beats Pill+ were designed after Apple acquired Beats. The others are all built-upon designs that existed prior to the acquisition.

    Alternatively, but less likely, it could be by engineering team. Perhaps the engineering team that was around before Apple acquired Beats continues to use microUSB. The newer engineering team that Apple added after the acquisition likes to use Lightning.
  11. cameronjpu macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2007
    I'm sure I won't be the first person to make this comment…

    So, Apple won't release a new version of an existing product because it can't drastically improve the battery life of that product? Man, I wish they would take that point of you on the iPhone.
  12. flat five macrumors 603

    flat five

    Feb 6, 2007
    i bought a pair in matte black early last year for $230.. if anyone is interested in buying some of these, definitely shop around as you'll likely find a retailer with them on sale at a price much lower than apple's $380.

    [edit] after a quick look around, bestBuy has them for $249 right now.. B&H has some of the colors at $249 and others at $299 [/edit]

    i use them in a fabrication shop so they double as both noise-cancelation and headphones in that environment (and of course, that they're wireless is the main advantage in my particular usage)..
    they're super sweet both in comfort and sound imo.
  13. Rocketman macrumors 603


    For goodness sake, make the casing bigger and put one in the headband. Same with iPhone, have a thicker increased battery OPTION for more $.
  14. flat five macrumors 603

    flat five

    Feb 6, 2007
    they're wireless.
    while you can use them wired if you really wanted to, i'm going to go ahead and assume nobody uses them that way ;)
  15. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    I think Apple smartly realized more Beats are sold to people who use mUSB than to people who use lightning. There are already enough Apple customers complaining about lightning's proprietary nature. Why alienate more customers unnecessarily?

    Apple and Beats is a marriage of convenience. Both have great brand recognition. Both have great margins. Both generate outsized profits relative to their competition. Apple sells because it's Apple. Beats sells because it's Beats. They don't need each other, it's just nice for both of them. Think of it like a Kennedy marrying a Rockefeller:).
  16. Beck Show macrumors regular

    Beck Show

    Aug 5, 2016
    I have nothing but good things to say about mine. Great connection, good range, pair easily, great sound (better than my Bose have been in my opinion), great rigs overall.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 22, 2016 ---
    I am very disappointed. I would love to upgrade to a new, refreshed model from my current Studio Wireless rig. You can start the list with me.
  17. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Did I just read this right? The W1 allows the Solo 3's battery to last 3 times longer than the Solo 2 with the same capacity battery? 3 times??

    You'd think Apple would play this angle somewhat hard if the W1 allows power savings of that significance.
  18. joueboy macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2008
    Any headphone that has a Beats brand on it is an overrated! :D
  19. xTIMMYxCOREx macrumors newbie


    Sep 24, 2015
    Burbank, CA
    I really would have preferred a Lightning connector. I have been very pleased with my Pill+, Solo2 Wireless and Wireless PowerBeats2. I listen to mostly metal and hardcore music and they are ideal for that.
  20. dmelgar macrumors 68000

    Apr 29, 2005
    No one recommended the Beats because they're not in the same league as the Bose or sennheiser. I personally like the sound of the momentum 2 the most. An excellent pair of headphones.
    The noise cancellation of the Bose 35 is in a league of its own. Nothing comes close. The qc35 also sounds excellent but not as good as the momentum.

    The beats is not comparable. The beats lists for $380. It's a joke. Best Buy sells them for $190 and they're still not worth it. They're more comparable to the Sony zx770bt that sells for $78 on amazon. The noise cancellation on the beats is pretty worthless.
  21. r03dz macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2014
    The Bose QC 35s are the most uncomfortable headphones I have ever owned. I returned them the next day. They're great if you love the feeling of being in an airplane. Your ears just super filled with pressure.
  22. TigerWoodsIV macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    Where are my MacBook pros? Forget beats they all sound terrible for the price.
  23. Zirel Suspended


    Jul 24, 2015

    It's just stupid the way they are, and not only because microUSB is the crappiest computer connector ever (dont know which is worst, that or the S-video miniDIN)

    They should have made beats that recharge with lightning and that's it.

    Then they should have come with lightning to lightning cable that you could use to play music directly powered by your iOS device (power + signal).
  24. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    Smart, I have the studios and much prefer the Bose. If I didn't have the studios, I would have bought them on the spot.
  25. Ds6778 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2016
    For the life of me I can't figure out why these weren't available along side the Iphone 7. Apple took away the headphone jack and didn't really offer a solution or "better" alternative. The Airpods or the beats line up should have been available at launch..... not some time next month.

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