Apple‘s Beats is gearing up to launch truly wireless Powerbeats earbuds in April, according to a CNET report. CNET’s source, who it says it close to the retail channel, says the new earbuds reportedly will be using Apple’s new H1 chip which is used in the new wireless charging AirPods and come with the same always-on Siri voice assistant. It is also expected to have a longer battery life compared to AirPods, which has a battery life of up to five hours.
CNET also points out the news of new wireless Powerbeats lines up with when BeatX was announced, which was shortly after Apple introduced the AirPods back in 2016. Rumors of higher-end AirPods 2 have also been circulating online since last year, suggesting that the new in-ear audio accessory from Apple will be noise-canceling, over-ear headphones.
Apple announced the next version of the AirPods earlier this week, nevertheless, the specs on it do not quite match with what rumors have been suggesting. The new Powerbeats could target an audience that is looking for more from their earphones than what AirPods offer. The current Powerbeats are sweat-resistant and offer a more secure fit than AirPods, to start.
There is no pricing information about the new upcoming Powerbeats, however, the Powerbeats 3 Wireless ((which are still joined by a cord) currently retail for $199.95 on the Beats website, but are available for as low as $99 on Amazon, hinting that an upgrade might be coming. If the rumors are true, the new cordless Powerbeats3 would be the first in the entire Beats lineup to be truly wireless earbuds.