Looks like someone beat Apple to the punch.
A couple of weeks ago, Apple received official FCC approval for an unspecified pair of wireless earbuds, believed to be a part of the Powerbeats line. It was expected that they’d reveal more about these new Powerbeats alongside the release of the new version of iOS. If you don’t feel like waiting that long, then good news: the specs leaked.
German electronics blog WinFuture.de recently obtained information and images pertaining to the new earbuds, now confirmed to be the rumored Powerbeats 4. According to WinFuture’s information, the new line will come in black, red, and white, and will feature the same sound quality as the Powerbeats Pro.
So what’s new? Well, the Powerbeats 4 will feature a more curved design to better fit your ears with a wire positioned at the bottom of each hook. Apple’s H1 chip will be incorporated, which will allow for Hey Siri support. The Beats logo functions as a button that can pause, play, and skip tracks, and a long press will activate Siri. The H1 chip should also provide all-around improved performance, including faster call connections, longer talk times, and lowered latency. Speaking of talk times, the earbuds are also believed to have a battery life of around 15 hours, and in a first for the Powerbeats line, will be recharged by Lightning connection.
No word on a price point yet, though some enthusiasts have ballparked it around the Powerbeats Pro’s price tag of $249.95. Apple is expected to make an official announcement on the Powerbeats 4 very soon, though the ongoing coronavirus outbreak could stall those proceedings a bit.