Powerbeats are the sport headphones of the Beats brand (owned by Apple). The Powerbeats3 feature up to 12 hour battery life on a single charge, with a ‘Fast Fuel’ 5 minute top up charge providing an hour of playtime in a hurry.
The Powerbeats3 connect wirelessly to the iPhone over Bluetooth but still have a wire connecting the two earbuds together. Apple touts 12 hour battery life for the Powerbeats, which is impressive for audio headphones of this form factor.The previous iteration of the product, the Powerbeats 2, only claimed a six hour battery life. The longevity of the new Powerbeats 3 can be largely attributed to the inclusion of Apple’s W1 chip.
As well as efficiency gains, the W1 chip enables seamless pairing and setup with iPhone and Apple Watch. Once paired, the settings will also sync over iCloud to your Macs and iPads. You can see how this all works in our review of the Beats Solo3 wireless which also features the W1 system.
They were first discovered by 9to5Mac after the release of iOS 12.2. Hidden in iOS 12.2 were animations and images that showcased Powerbeats without any sort of connecting wire. In terms of design, they’re nearly identical to previous generation, but truly wireless much like AirPods. The earphones support “Hey, Siri”, just like the second generation AirPods.
Like AirPods and Powerbeats3, the new Pro earphones pair instantly with iPhones and pairing syncs to iCloud-connected devices including iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch without pairing on each device (you can still pair manually with Android). It also has its own Lightning-powered charging case.
Powerbeats Pro Release Date
They will launch in May on Apple.com and in Apple Stores for $249.95. They will debut in the US and across 20 other countries to start, followed by more countries and regions later this summer and fall.