Apple quietly revealed today that its Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones will cost $250 and be available for preorder this Friday, May 3. They ship to customers a week later, on May 10.
“Completely re-engineered from the inside out, the earphones boast an upgraded linear piston driver that leverages an efficient, pressurized airflow to create a powerful acoustic response in a small package,” the Apple website explains. “Enhanced sound quality means incredibly low distortion and great dynamic range across the entire frequency curve.”
Apple describes its Powerbeats Pro line as “totally wireless” since its predecessor, the Powerbeats earphones, connected wirelessly to devices but each earpiece connected to each other by a wire. Like their predecessors, the Powerbeats Pro feature over-the-ear secure-fit hooks so you won’t lose them while working out, and they ship with multiple ear tips so you can find an option that works well for you no matter your ear size. In other words, unlike Apple’s vaunted AirPods, the Powerbeats Pro are comfortable and offer great sound quality.
Powerbeats Pro will ship in ivory, moss, navy, and black variants—another differentiator from the only-in-white AirPods—and will cost $250. They are sweat and water resistant, provide up to 9 hours of listening time on a charge, and support “Hey Siri” voice-activated assistance.