On Wednesday, the Apple-owned Beats brand officially debuted its newest pair of headphones.
Where AirPods are in-the-ear, sorta, in that they fit into the shallow part of your ear without going spelunking the way truly in-ear headphones do, PowerBeats Pro go both further in... and all the way around.
Powerbeats Pro act like AirPods, with no power button. And I only say mostly because I've had the previous W1 PowerBeats flop a little bit at certain angles. Of course, it's not necessarily a bad idea to go after a specific niche, especially when talking about a large one like people focused on their health. Unlike the AirPods, which may not be able to keep up with an active lifestyle, these bad boys have been thoroughly tested and basically redesigned from the ground up to guarantee a ideal fit in any occasion. There are four sizes of ear tips, making a comfortable fit for a wide range of ear sizes and shapes.
As much as Apple would like to keep the two products separate, comparisons are inevitable. However, the Powerbeats Pro are fully untethered to each other and also feature a slightly angled design. After all, the refreshed AirPods are good but not great when it comes to simply playing tunes at the best quality available. Unlike AirPods 2, however, the case supplied with Powerbeats Pro doesn't support Qi wireless charging. They also come with Apple's "Hey Siri" support. You can easily get 1.5 hours of music playback with just 5 minutes of charge, and 4.5 hours of listening with a 15-minute charge.
As expected, the PowerBeats Pro feature "Hey Siri" voice-activated integration, as well as Apple's new H1 headphone chip, the same silicon featured in the company' recently released AirPods.
The Powerbeats Pro do not feature a wire of any kind and just like the AirPods, you will be able to slip each earbud into place comfortably. But since the Powerbeats 3 are still available at around 200 bucks, that seemingly exaggerated price point actually makes ideal sense.
Here's my personal wishlist for the iPhone 11, but what do you want to see Apple add? The Powerbeats Pro will also be available in Apple Stores in "Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK".