Amid a significant delay of its newest BeatsX headphones, Apple is offering a discount on two other Beats products, the Beats Pill+ Speaker and the Beats EP On-Ear Headphones.
The Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker, which comes in White, Red, and Black, is available for $199, a discount of $30 off the regular $230 price tag. Apple’s Beats EP On-Ear Headphones are also discounted by $30, dropping the price from $130 to $100. The Beats EPs are available in Blue, White, Black, and Red.
Apple’s discount is rather unimpressive, as several third-party retailers regularly offer the Beats Pill+ and the Beats EP at that price point or lower. Amazon, for example, has the Beats Pill+ for $200, and Walmart and Best Buy both sell the Beats EP for $100.
Rumors earlier this week suggested Apple’s BeatsX wireless headphones, introduced in October, would not ship out for two to three months. Apple confirmed rumors this morning with a website update that lists a February release date for the new earphones.
Originally meant to ship in the fall of 2016, the $149 wireless BeatsX headphones feature the same Apple W1 chip used in the AirPods, which also saw delays. Apple planned to ship AirPods in October, but needed “a little more time” before releasing them.
AirPods finally became available for purchase this morning with delivery dates as soon as next week, but limited supplies caused them to quickly sell out. AirPods purchased now will not ship out to customers until mid-January.
Apple has updated its website to indicate its all-new BeatsX wireless earphones will be available in February in the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, and several other countries, after originally saying they would launch in the Fall. Online pre-orders can still not be placed at this time.
BeatsX earphones feature Bluetooth and the same Apple W1 chip used by AirPods, which launched today, enabling users to pair them by simply powering them on and holding them near an iPhone. Unlike the truly wireless AirPods, the BeatsX have a Flex-Form cable that keeps the earpieces tethered to each other.
BeatsX deliver up to 8 hours of battery life on a single charge. With Fast Fuel, a 5-minute charge gives users 2 hours of playback. An in-line Remote and Mic allows for users to take calls, control music playback, and activate Siri. BeatsX cost $149.95 and come in black or white with a pocket-sized carrying case.
The confirmation comes just a few days after Apple reseller B&H Photo Video said BeatsX earphones would be delayed for at least 2-3 months, which indeed suggested availability in February or March.
Apple’s new BeatsX wireless earphones remain listed as “coming this Fall” on its website in the United States, despite just nine days remaining before the first official day of winter in the northern half of the world.
Now, we have reason to believe Apple may miss this target. In an email to a customer this weekend, authorized reseller B&H Photo Video said Apple has informed them shipping will not begin for at least 2-3 months.
This email is being sent in regards to your order for 1 of the Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX In-Ear Headphones (Black).
We regret to inform you that the manufacturer has informed us that they still do not know when they will begin shipping this item but they do know that it will take at least 2-3 months. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this delay has caused you.
If the timeline holds true, BeatsX shipments would not begin until around February or March. Apple could still release BeatsX earphones on its website ahead of time, before providing shipments to B&H Photo Video, but a 2-3 month gap before third-party sales begin would be unusual for an Apple product.
Apple announced the BeatsX at its iPhone 7 event in September alongside its AirPods, which were also delayed beyond their planned late October launch and have yet to become available. Apple pundit John Gruber cited manufacturing issues at scale with AirPods, so perhaps Apple is facing similar issues with BeatsX pairs.
In terms of AirPods, Gruber loosely said he has heard from at least one source who pointed to a launch in the next week or so, although Gruber is not ruling out a launch in January or later. Listen to the latest episode of The Talk Show podcast, where he and guest Glenn Fleishman discuss the topic around the 76:35 mark.
New versions of Beats Solo3 and Powerbeats3 headphones powered by Apple’s new W1 chip were released in September and October respectively.
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Similar to the current confusion regarding the release date of Apple’s AirPods, a couple of differing launch days for the new wireless BeatsX earphones have begun sprouting up online, leading to uncertainty over when exactly Apple will begin selling the new Beats-branded earphones.
In line with some AirPods rumors, most retailers are placing order dates in December for BeatsX. The new rumors would mean BeatsX will miss the retail rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up this week, but would place the earphones as potentially available for last-minute holiday shopping later in December.
Fry’s Electronics has the earphones listed as estimated to ship on December 5, 2016. Users can add the BeatsX to their cart, but pre-orders aren’t available yet as checkout can’t be completed at the time of writing. The date was originally spotted by a user on Reddit.
Photo, video, and audio electronics retailer B&H also has a date listed for BeatsX, with expected availability of the earphones on December 16. Users can pre-order BeatsX at B&H, although detailed shipping estimates for them are not yet available. At both Fry’s and B&H, the BeatsX earphones are listed at the expected price of $149.95.
On Apple’s website, the earphones are still simply “coming this fall.” As was the case with the AirPods, it’s likely that most retailers are using placeholder dates for BeatsX until they receive word on the official launch. Still, since November is nearly over and there’s been no word from Apple yet, there is a growing possibility that both AirPods and BeatsX will launch sometime in December, in time for holiday shopping.
The BeatsX earphones were announced during Apple’s September 7 iPhone event, along with the Beats Solo3 and Powerbeats3 devices. The new line of Beats headphones have Apple’s W1 chip — also found in the AirPods — that lets them pair easily with an iPhone. The Powerbeats3 wireless earphones launched in October.
Apple today debuted new (PRODUCT)RED color options for two of its Beats products, including the Beats Pill+ and the Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones. Both products will soon be available in a color called “Citrus Red,” joining other standard color options.
Apple’s website lists both products as “coming soon” with price points that are the same as standard options. The Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones in Citrus Red is priced at $299.95, while the Citrus Red Beats Pill+ is priced at $229.95.
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Apple often runs (PRODUCT)RED promotions around World Aids Day, coming up in December, in addition to continual (PRODUCT)RED accessory sales. Over the course of a multi-year relationship, Apple has donated upwards of $100 million through (PRODUCT)RED sales.
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Earlier today, a few users on Reddit in countries outside of the United States noticed that the Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones have been made available to order from Apple.com, outlining arrival windows of as early as next week for users in the areas, and subsequently they have also gone live on the U.S. store.
The U.S. store currently shows delivery estimates of November 1–3, while the United Kingdom and France currently sit at November 2–9 on Apple’s website and Australia is a few days later on November 4–8. Otherwise most countries, including Germany, Spain, Italy, and Sweden, all mention vague 1-2 week shipping estimates that fall within the window of the dates for other countries, without being specific.
Apple.com in Australia depicting a delivery window of November 4-8
When the new headphones were announced at Apple’s September 7 iPhone event, the company mentioned that the Powerbeats3 and BeatsX would be coming sometime later in the year but didn’t say when. The Powerbeats3 also appear to be featured prominently in next week’s Target circular, supporting a wide online and retail rollout is imminent in the United States beyond Apple’s own sales.
For the BeatsX earphones, most versions of Apple.com still say “coming this fall,” while Apple’s upcoming AirPods are listed as “available late October” for every country.
Update: This article has been updated to note that Apple has begun taking orders in the United States.