Powerbeats Pro in New Colors Now Available for Order

Following several leaks and their official announcement late last month, the four new colors of Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones are now available to order through Apple.


The four new colors are Spring Yellow, Glacier Blue, Cloud Pink, and Lava Red, and they join the previous color options of Black, Ivory, Moss, and Navy. The new colors are available for delivery from Apple as soon as Thursday.

‌Powerbeats Pro‌ are fitness-focused truly wireless earphones from Apple's Beats brand, offering an in-ear design with earhooks to help secure the them during vigorous activity. They‌ offer IPX4 sweat and water resistance, Apple's H1 chip for easy pairing and switching between iCloud devices, and "Hey Siri" functionality. The earphones offer up to nine hours of battery life, with the charging case bringing total battery life up to 24 hours.

There are on-ear volume and track controls on each earbud, and four sizes of eartips are included to maximize comfort and provide a good seal in the ear, although the earphones don't offer any active noise cancellation.

‌Powerbeats Pro‌ are priced at $249.95 for all colors, although they can occasionally be found on sale for around $200. For more details on ‌Powerbeats Pro‌, check out our full review and hands-on videos, including a comparison to Apple's AirPods Pro.
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Powerbeats Pro Debut in Four New Colors: Spring Yellow, Cloud Pink, Lava Red, and Glacier Blue

Following a couple of leaks in recent weeks, Beats today is officially announcing four new colors for its Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones: Spring Yellow, Cloud Pink, Lava Red, and Glacier Blue. The new earphones will go on sale June 9 and sell for the same $249.95 price as the existing color options.


Aside from the colors, the new ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ models are otherwise identical to the original Powerbeats Pro, offering up to nine hours of listening time with the charging case bringing the total listening time to over 24 hours. A five-minute Fast Fuel charging feature gives you up to an hour and a half of playback time.

As with every other recent Beats and AirPods product, the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ include Apple's H1 chip for easy pairing, seamless switching between devices via iCloud, and "Hey Siri" functionality.


Designed with a sports focus, ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ offer IPX4 sweat and water resistance, so you can use them in the gym without worry. You should avoid submerging them in water, although the original models stood up to splashes, brief submersion, and even more extended dunking in our testing.

‌Powerbeats Pro‌ include on-ear volume and track controls on each earbud, and adjustable earhooks help secure the earphones during vigorous workouts. Four sizes of eartips are included to maximize comfort and provide a good seal in the ear, although the earphones don't offer any active noise cancellation.


The ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ charging case is considerably larger than the case for the ‌AirPods‌ or AirPods Pro, primarily due to the larger design of the earphones themselves. The case also charges solely through a Lightning port and does not charge wirelessly, though a Lightning to USB-A cable is included.


To celebrate the launch of the new ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ colors, Beats today used a drone to drop off the new earphones to members of FaZe Clan, the professional esports organization that is itself celebrating its tenth anniversary. As of last month, Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine became a part owner of FaZe Clan, having led a $40 million fundraising round.
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Powerbeats Pro Leaked in Four New Colors, Release Expected in Early June

Last week, it was rumored that Apple plans to make its Powerbeats Pro available in four new colors, including Glacier Blue, Cloud Pink, Spring Yellow, and Lava Red. Now, official marketing images have surfaced on German website WinFuture, which notes that the new colors should be released in early June with the same $249.95 pricing. No other changes are expected, beyond the possibility of some minor internal tweaks.


First introduced in April 2019, the Powerbeats Pro‌ were Apple's first totally wireless Beats earphones, equipped with the same H1 chip as the second-generation AirPods for "Hey Siri" and faster connection speeds between the iPhone, Apple Watch, and other devices. Existing color options include Black, Ivory, Moss, and Navy.
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Apple to Debut Powerbeats Pro in New Colors That Include Cloud Pink, Glacier Blue, Spring Yellow and Lava Red

Apple is planning to introduce new Powerbeats Pro models in an array of bright, spring-themed colors that include cloud pink, glacier blue, spring yellow, and lava red, according to a rumor sourced from a Weibo account (via iMore).


The rumor comes from WaveTech, a source without a known track record for sharing accurate info about Apple's plans, but the wide attention the rumor has garnered leads us to believe the information could potentially be correct.

First introduced in April 2019, the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ are currently only available in black, ivory, moss, and navy, all of which are plainer, more subdued colors, so the brighter color options will be a welcome update.

Apple often adds new Beats headphones options in updated colorways, offering a range of seasonal color options for products like the Beats Solo and Studio headphones, so it's no surprise to see new ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ color options being made available.

There were rumors earlier this year that suggested Apple would debut ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ 2 earbuds, but regulatory documents suggest that the "‌Powerbeats Pro‌ 2" are just a minor refresh with an internal tweak that changes the model number.

It's likely that the new model numbers will be associated with the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ that are being released in the new spring colors, though there may also be minor internal tweaks to the updated ‌Powerbeats Pro‌.
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Rumored ‘Powerbeats Pro 2’ Likely Just a Minor Internal Tweak

Alongside the announcement of the iPhone SE back on April 15, regulatory documents for what appeared to be new Powerbeats Pro models were also uploaded to the Federal Communications Commission's website, reflecting new Apple model numbers of A2453 and A2454 for the left and right earpieces.


The regulatory documents filed for the new ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ models don't appear to have revealed significant changes to the wire-free earbuds, but speculation about what they might be has grown as the updated models have gained regulatory certification in other countries in recent weeks, including in Malaysia and South Korea.


Much of the speculation has suggested that these new models represent a second-generation "‌Powerbeats Pro‌ 2" that is set for imminent release, but we believe it's more likely a minor internal tweak to the existing models that will soon be or has already been quietly released without any announcement or changes to public-facing specs.

Apple maintains lists of regulatory Declarations of Conformity for the European Union for all of its current products on its website, and the current listing for ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ on Apple's Beats page mentions both sets of model numbers (A2047/A2048 and A2453/A2454) as of April 15, suggesting that Apple considers these sets of model numbers to both be current-generation products.


With nearly a month gone by since the first regulatory filings for the new model numbers and Apple openly acknowledging them on its website, the most probable explanation is that these minor revisions of the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ have already begun rolling out.

If you've recently purchased ‌Powerbeats Pro‌, you can check the fine print on the inside of each earpiece and let us know if you're seeing the new A2453/A2454 model numbers.
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AirPods Pro vs Powerbeats Pro

Apple in late October 2019 surprised us with an upgraded version of the AirPods called the AirPods Pro, which feature Active Noise Cancellation, superior sound quality, and an all-new design.

Apple's ‌AirPods Pro‌ are its second set of headphones to feature the "Pro" moniker, following the Beats-branded Powerbeats Pro earbuds that Apple released back in April 2019. In this guide, we'll go over all of the differences between the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and the Powerbeats Pro.

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‌AirPods Pro‌ Design vs. PowerBeats Pro Design


The ‌AirPods Pro‌ are designed for casual use, while the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ are aimed specifically at those who are using them for workouts like running, biking, and trips to the gym.

Design wise, the ‌AirPods Pro‌ look similar to the ‌AirPods‌ 2 but with a much shorter stem and a tweaked body design that incorporates flexible silicone ear tips, a first for the ‌AirPods‌ line. The silicone ear tips snap right onto the base of the ‌AirPods Pro‌, allowing for a comfortable fit and Active Noise Cancellation technology.


Apple designed the silicone tips of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ to ensure a comfortable fit in most ears, with the design aimed at conforming to the contours of each individual ear for a superior seal.

‌AirPods Pro‌ have also been designed with what Apple is calling an "innovative vent system" that's meant to equalize pressure within the ear to minimize discomfort that's common in other in-ear designs.


Apple says that ‌AirPods Pro‌ will make you feel like there's nothing in your ears, and in testing, we have found the ‌AirPods Pro‌ to be more comfortable than the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌, especially over long periods of use.

The ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ also use silicone ear tips much like the ‌AirPods Pro‌, but they're designed for fitness, also incorporating earhooks that fit over the ears to secure them in place.

‌Powerbeats Pro‌ come with four tip sizes, rather than three, also offering a customized fit for each user. ‌‌Powerbeats Pro‌‌ are meant to stay in the ears during vigorous activity, and Apple says that it tested over 20 designs before settling on the current design that fits most people.


‌AirPods Pro‌ and ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ both come in charging cases. The ‌AirPods Pro‌ charging case is larger than the charging case for the ‌AirPods‌ 2, but it's still quite a lot smaller than the case for the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌, which is huge.


The ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ clamshell-style case is much larger because it has to incorporate the earhooks, which makes it almost unpocketable. The ‌AirPods Pro‌ case fits comfortably in a pocket.

Active Noise Cancellation


One of the key features of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ is Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), and this marks the first time that Apple has built ANC technology into earbuds. The feature has been previously used in over-ear Beats headphones, but not earbuds, including the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌.

The ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ have silicone ear tips and offer noise isolation properties, but noise isolation is nowhere near as powerful as Active Noise Cancellation.


ANC uses two microphones and Apple's software algorithms to adapt sound to each user's ears. One microphone is outward-facing and designed to detect external sound to let the ‌AirPods Pro‌ analyze and cancel out environmental noise, while a second inward-facing microphone listens to sounds towards the ear to fine tune the noise cancellation.

‌AirPods Pro‌ with Active Noise Cancellation can drown out a lot more sound than the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ with simple noise isolation.

‌AirPods Pro‌ also have a Transparency mode that's designed to tweak the Active Noise Cancellation algorithms so that you can continue to hear what's going on around you, useful for situations like commuting, listening for traffic, and more.

There is no ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ feature for filtering in ambient noises, which is something to be aware of as the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ can drown out exterior sound with the volume turned up high enough.

Sound Differences


When announcing the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌, Apple said that sound was a focus. The ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ are designed to offer powerful, balanced audio with pure sound reproduction, enhanced clarity, and improved dynamic range.


Superior sound is also a selling point of the ‌AirPods Pro‌, and the ‌AirPods Pro‌ have an Adaptive EQ feature.

Adaptive EQ tunes the low- and mid-frequencies of music that's playing to the shape of each person's ear for what Apple says is a rich and immersive listening experience.


The ‌AirPods Pro‌ feature a custom high dynamic range amplifier to produce pure, clear sound, along with a custom high-excursion low-distortion speaker driver that optimizes audio quality and removes background noise.

In our testing, we didn't find a significant difference in sound quality between the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ and the ‌AirPods Pro‌, as both offer sound that's quite good. The ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ are a bit warmer and slightly more bass heavy whereas the ‌AirPods Pro‌ sound more neutral to our ears.

‌AirPods Pro‌ have less bass, but the sound profile allows all of the instruments to be heard clearly and distinctly.

Physical Buttons


The ‌AirPods Pro‌ feature a Force Sensor on the stem, a control method that's unique compared to the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ and the ‌AirPods‌ 2.


The Force Sensor supports press-based gestures, so you can press once to play or pause music, press twice to skip forward on a track, press three times to skip backwards, or press and hold to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode.


The ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ are quite a bit larger than the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and thus have the space for physical buttons. There are buttons for adjusting volume, changing the song track, and accepting or declining an incoming call.

The ‌AirPods Pro‌ have no on-device option for adjusting the volume, and that's something that needs to be done using a connected device.

Water Resistance


‌AirPods Pro‌ and ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ both feature IPX4 water resistance, which means they can hold up to water splashing against the enclosure from any direction, but can still fail when immersed in water.

With an IPX4 water resistance rating, the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ can survive sweat exposure, but rain, swimming pools, and other excessive moisture should be avoided.

Apple's warranties do not cover water or sweat damage, which is something to be aware of.

‌Powerbeats Pro‌ Colors vs. ‌AirPods Pro‌ Colors


Despite rumors suggesting the ‌AirPods Pro‌ would come in multiple colors, Apple only released them in white.


‌Powerbeats Pro‌‌ come in Black, Ivory (an off white shade), Navy, and Moss (an olive green). ‌‌AirPods Pro‌‌ also feature a white charging case while all ‌‌Powerbeats Pro‌‌ models ship with a black charging case.

Price Difference


‌Powerbeats Pro‌ are priced at $249, as are ‌AirPods Pro‌, but you can often find deals that drop the price of the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ by $50.

Processor, Sensors, and ‌Siri‌ Support


‌AirPods Pro‌ and ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ both use Apple's H1 chip, offering simple setup, fast switching between devices, low latency, and hands-free "Hey ‌Siri‌" support.


‌‌Powerbeats Pro‌‌ and ‌AirPods Pro‌ have all of the same sensors and features that come with the H1 chip, including ear detection that plays/pauses music appropriately based on position.


The H1 chip in the ‌AirPods Pro‌ has a unique design because it was engineered to be in the shape of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ earbud, with the design dictating the internal component arrangement instead of the other way around.

Phone Calls


‌AirPods Pro‌ feature a speech-detecting accelerometer and beamforming microphones designed to filter out noise when you're making a phone call or a ‌Siri‌ request, and ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ also have a similar feature.

Both earbuds have dual beamforming microphones, with the microphones in the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ positioned on each side to make up for the lack of a stem like the ‌AirPods Pro‌ have.

Calls on both the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ are crisp, clear, and sound great with little difference between them.

Battery Life


Battery life is the main area where the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ have a significant edge over the ‌AirPods Pro‌.

Each ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ earbud offers nine hours of listening time, a full four and a half hours longer than the ‌AirPods Pro‌ promise.

‌AirPods Pro‌ offer 4.5 hours of battery life when Active Noise Cancellation is turned on, or five hours of battery life when it's turned off.

Both the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ have battery cases that extend battery life to over 24 hours, but you can get much longer listening time with the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌.

Live Listen


‌Powerbeats Pro‌‌ and ‌‌AirPods Pro‌‌ both support the Live Listen feature for using the earbuds as a directional microphone.

Charging


The ‌AirPods Pro‌ and the ‌AirPods Pro‌ Wireless Charging Case can be charged using the included USB-C to Lightning cable or a Qi-based wireless charger.


The ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ case does not support Qi-based wireless charging and must be charged with a Lightning cable.

The ‌‌Powerbeats Pro‌‌ have a Fast Fuel feature that adds 1.5 hours of music playback after five minutes of charging and 4.5 hours of playback after 15 minutes of charging.

The ‌AirPods Pro‌ also have a fast charging feature that offers around an hour of listening or talk time after charging for five minutes.

Comparison Chart


Here's an at-a-glance comparison chart that gives a quick overview of the differences between the ‌‌AirPods‌‌ Pro and the ‌‌Powerbeats Pro‌‌.


Bottom Line


With the same $249 price point, the ‌AirPods Pro‌ are superior to the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ because of the Active Noise Cancellation feature.

For casual, everyday use, the ‌AirPods Pro‌ edge out the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌, but for athletes and those who need the secure fit of earhooks and the much longer battery life, the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ win out.

Fit is subjective, so some people may prefer the fit of the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ over the ‌AirPods Pro‌ or may not care about Active Noise Cancellation.

The ‌AirPods Pro‌ are smaller and more convenient to carry and offer wireless charging, while the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ come in more colors.

Choosing between ‌AirPods Pro‌ and ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ will ultimately come down to the fit that you prefer and the set of features that you want.

More Info


For more details on the ‌‌Powerbeats Pro‌‌, make sure to check out our full Powerbeats Pro guide, and for more info on the ‌AirPods Pro‌, make sure to check out our AirPods Pro roundup.

We also have a comparison between the AirPods and AirPods Pro and the Powerbeats Pro and AirPods.

Guide Feedback


Have questions about ‌AirPods Pro‌ or ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ or want to offer feedback on this guide? Send us an email here.

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Powerbeats Pro in Ivory, Moss, and Navy Now Available for Pre-order

Apple this morning started accepting pre-orders for its Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones in Ivory, Moss, and Navy on its online Apple Store.


Apple is currently quoting shipping times of 5 to 7 business days for the Ivory and Navy headphones, which loosely corresponds with Apple's plan to make the new Powerbeats Pro colors available in retail stores from August 30. The Moss color currently ships in 1 to 2 weeks. The new colors are also available to order at the Beats By Dre website, which is quoting the same shipping times.

Apple started selling Powerbeats Pro in May after introducing them in April, but the black color was the only one available at launch. Apple said that it would make the other colors available at a later date.


Powerbeats Pro are a wire-free version of Apple's popular fitness-oriented Powerbeats earbuds. Like the AirPods, Powerbeats Pro feature a dedicated charging case that offers 24 hours of battery life and an H1 chip for fast connectivity to your devices, device switching, and Hey Siri support.


Apple's Powerbeats Pro are priced at $249.95 in the United States. For more on the Powerbeats Pro features, make sure to check out our guide.


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New Powerbeats Pro Ad Highlights Battery Life During Lengthy Icelandic Relay Race

Apple this week released a new ad for the Powerbeats Pro, which launched in May in the United States in Canada. The new commercial spotlights the accessory by showing how seven runners from the Paris Running Club joined a 280km relay in Iceland.

Called the "Zero Dark Project," the ad explains how each runner used the Powerbeats Pro to stay motivated through music during the lengthy relay race.

In the wilderness of Iceland, 7 runners from Paris Running Club undertook a relay like no other. Fueled by the new Powerbeats Pro, with up to 9 hours of listening time (24 hours with charging case), they faced a daunting 280km to chase a sun that wouldn’t set for days. A daring challenge that changed their lives forever. This is the Zero Dark Project.
Powerbeats Pro are Apple's first totally wireless Beats earphones, equipped with the same H1 chip as the second-generation AirPods for hands-free "Hey Siri" and faster connection speeds between the iPhone, Apple Watch, and other devices.

The Powerbeats Pro feature adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks and earbud tips with four size options. Powerbeats Pro are priced at $249.95 in the United States and $329.95 in Canada. As of now you can only get the accessory in Black, while Ivory, Moss, and Navy colors will be available later this year.


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Powerbeats Pro Now Available to Order in Over 20 Additional Countries

Apple today began accepting Powerbeats Pro orders in over 20 additional countries, including many in Europe.


The rollout includes Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

As in other countries, the headphones are only available in black at launch. Ivory, moss, and navy colors will be released later this year.

Powerbeats Pro first launched in the United States and Canada in early May, followed by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, and China later in the month. The headphones have faced tight availability, with orders placed today estimated for delivery in between 10 and 20 days in many countries.

Powerbeats Pro are Apple's first totally wireless Beats earphones, equipped with the same H1 chip as the second-generation AirPods for hands-free "Hey Siri" and faster connection speeds between the iPhone, Apple Watch, and other devices.

Like the Powerbeats3, the Powerbeats Pro feature adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks and earbud tips with four size options. They're essentially sportier AirPods, complete with a durable design and sweat resistance. They'll last up to nine hours per charge, with more battery life via an included charging case.

Powerbeats Pro are priced at $249.95 in the United States and at €249.95 in many European countries.


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Powerbeats Pro Launch Postponed Until July in Many Countries

Apple-owned Beats has delayed the launch of its totally wireless Powerbeats Pro headphones in select European and Asian countries.


Powerbeats Pro orders will now begin in July in Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan, according to fine print on the Beats website. The headphones were initially slated to launch in June in these regions.

As in other countries, the headphones will only be available in black at launch. Ivory, moss, and navy colors will be released later this year.

Powerbeats Pro first launched in the United States and Canada in early May, followed by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, and China. Shipments are already considerably backlogged, with orders placed today on Apple.com estimated for delivery between June 28 and July 8 in the United States.

Powerbeats Pro are Apple's first totally wireless Beats earphones, equipped with the same H1 chip as the second-generation AirPods for hands-free "Hey Siri" and faster connection speeds between the iPhone, Apple Watch, and other devices.


Like the Powerbeats3, the Powerbeats Pro feature adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks and earbud tips with four size options. They're essentially sportier AirPods, complete with a durable design and sweat resistance. They'll last up to nine hours per charge, with more battery life via an included charging case.

Powerbeats Pro are priced at $249.95 in the United States and at €249.95 in most European countries, including Italy and Spain.

The postponed launch in Japan was first reported by Japanese blog Mac Otakara.


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