It’s been four years since Apple introduced the Powerbeats earbuds in 2016. In that time, they’ve since moved on to the AirPod and basically every iteration they can milk out of those two cord-less earbuds that people either love or hate (a general survey of any workspace or public form of transport will indicate that the majority lie in the “love” camp).
Though the AirPod has certainly revolutionised the world of earphones, they’ve done nothing to appease fans of the Powerbeats who have been clambering for an update during all this time. Well, it looks like Apple has finally answered your prayers. If leaked images and accompanying specs are to be believed, a new model of the Powerbeats (tentatively called Powerbeats 4) are on the way and have been designed specifically for those who want Bluetooth earbuds that can handle the sweat and movement of a rigorous workout.
According to reports from WinFuture, the new earbuds will provide up to 15 hours of battery life and even have a “Fast Fuel” option whereby an hour of playback will be available after just five minutes of charging. Other features include water-repellent housing and a focus on “ergonomic comfort”, allowing the cable connecting the two buds to lie behind the ear rather than the front. And although colourways have not been released, it’s believed that the product will be available in black, white and red versions.
Leaked images of the unannounced Powerbeats 4 suggest the new earbuds will utilise Apple’s new H1 wireless chip, which will allow it to support Siri through voice commands like, “Hey Siri” or “Announce Messages with Siri.”
Apple Powerbeats 4: Neue Sportkopfhörer mit Sound auf AirPod-Niveau - die bessere Alternative? #Powerbeats4 #Apple #Powerbeats #AppleH1 https://t.co/U5O8Ai2TOI— WinFuture.de (@WinFuture) March 9, 2020
As of yet, there are no details about the price of the new Powerbeats or a potential date for their release. As Endgadget notes, “At launch the Powerbeats 3 cost $200, but considering that was four years ago that’s no real indicator of pricing for the newer model.”
Given the impact coronavirus has had on Apple’s manufacturing of products, it seems likely that the tech giant will forego an opportunity to launch the product at a press event. Just recently, Apple expressed concerns about its upcoming earnings report, suggesting that sales expectations would need to be slashed to accommodate for the closure of factories and decreased supply of the iPhone as a result. As the New York Times reported, “Apple also said that demand for its devices in China had been hurt by the outbreak; it closed all 42 of its stores in the country last month and most have yet to reopen.”
There may not be a release date for the Powerbeats 4, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the story develops.