Apple’s AirPods wi-fi earphones rapidly proved spectacular sufficient to make the corporate’s single-wire BeatsX mannequin really feel like a foolish mistake, so the corporate went again to the drafting board for a very wi-fi Beats possibility: Powerbeats Professional. Formally introduced at this time after imagery leaked in iOS 12.2, Powerbeats Professional is successfully a extra highly effective and costly various to the newest AirPods, stepping up in all the pieces from measurement to battery life and waterproofing.
Each headphones are constructed across the similar Apple know-how, the brand new H1 headphone processor, which implies that the core experiences are comparable: true stereo Bluetooth audio with none wires, plus Hey Siri assist, fueled by separate built-in batteries and a chargeable carrying case. However Powerbeats Professional affords 9 hours of listening time to AirPods’ 5, although their included circumstances each promise 24 hours of complete listening between prices.
Apple is ready to provide the added battery life as a result of Powerbeats Professional is way bigger than the AirPods. Like prior wire-laden Powerbeats, every earphone has an included adjustable earhook and a thick housing. Right here, each earphones have monitor and quantity controls, moderately than stuffing one multi-purpose faucet sensor into every skinny AirPods stem.
Additionally not like the AirPods, which use Apple’s one-size-fits-most laborious plastic earbud design, PowerBeats Professional has silicone ideas for an in-ear expertise with passive noise isolation. Customers can select between a number of tricks to match their ear canals, and Apple claims that they ship “highly effective, balanced audio” with “enhanced readability, and improved dynamic vary” — phrases that may very well be taken actually if not for the traditionally bassy, boomy skew present in most previous Beats headphones.
Crucial to athletes is one other characteristic: some water safety. Apple describes the Powerbeats Professional as providing sweat and water resistance, although it’s unclear simply how a lot liquid they will truly survive. Nothing’s talked about about swimming within the headphones, which suggests they’re not totally waterproof, however they’re promised to outlive “robust exercises.”
If white AirPods aren’t your type, Powerbeats Professional is available in 4 preliminary colours: black, navy, moss inexperienced, and a creamy ivory. Every comes with a black case that makes use of a Lightning connector to recharge; not like the AirPods, wi-fi recharging isn’t an possibility.
You’ll additionally pay extra for the additional options. Whereas AirPods begin at $159, Powerbeats Professional sells for $250. Apple’s web site at the moment exhibits them as “coming quickly,” with out on-line or retail retailer availability.