Solo3 Wireless and Powerbeats3 Wireless are available in Pop Magenta, Pop Violet, Pop Indigo, and Pop Blue options for $299.95 and $199.95 respectively in the United States, the same standard pricing of other colors.
The overall form and features of the headphones remain unchanged, so this is purely a cosmetic change for those interested.
Solo3 Wireless and Powerbeats3 Wireless in the new Pop Collection can be ordered from Apple’s online store in many countries. Keep in mind that the traditional colors are currently on sale at both Apple and Amazon.
Like AirPods, the Solo3 Wireless and Powerbeats3 Wireless are equipped with Apple’s W1 chip for instant pairing with an iPhone. They can then simultaneously connect to an Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac via iCloud.
Like the BeatsX, both headphones feature Fast Fuel. Just five minutes of charging provides up to three hours of playback for the Solo3 Wireless and up to an hour of playback for the Powerbeats3 Wireless.
Ahead of next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster today shared his predictions for the features and services that Apple will unveil during the event.
Munster expects Apple to debut new Siri, AR, AI, and Digital Health functionality, including a Beats-branded accessory (presumably a speaker) that includes Siri integration, much like the HomePod. Some of Munster’s predictions have been previously covered in rumors shared by Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman, but Siri integration in a lower-cost Beats product is a new prediction.
We expect Monday’s keynote to be highlighted by extending the reach of Siri (most likely adding new domains, opening HomePod to more capabilities, and integrating Spotlight), along with additional AI tools (new Core ML extensions).
We also anticipate new features around digital health (privacy and device management) and ARKit (development tools).
Expect Siri integration with Beats.
Collectively, these announcements advance the ease of use and intelligence of Apple’s mobile and desktop experiences.
According to Munster, Apple may be planning introduce a $250 Beats-branded product that will offer Siri integration similar to the HomePod, allowing Apple to “advance its digital assistant ambitions” with a more affordable option. Apple currently sells a Beats Pill+ speaker for $179.95, and the device has not been updated in some time.
Apple is going to announce a new “Decade Collection” at WWDC according to a Best Buy leak, but that collection is limited to existing headphones in new colorways and does not appear include new products or a new speaker. It’s possible that Apple does have a new Beats product ready to unveil, and a recent somewhat sketchy rumor did suggest that Apple’s “low-priced” HomePod would be under the Beats by Dre branding.
That rumor would make some sense if Apple is indeed planning on introducing a Beats-branded speaker product that includes Siri integration. Siri competitor Alexa is available as an option on many speakers outside of Amazon’s own, and Apple could be planning to follow in Amazon’s footsteps. Obviously, though, it’s not clear if the rumor and/or Munster’s prediction are accurate.
Munster has several other predictions for features and services coming at WWDC. Specifically, he expects Apple to introduce new Siri domains, with support for “things like navigation and email” and integrated Spotlight Search to better improve Siri’s performance compared to Alexa and Cortana, the AI assistants used by Amazon and Microsoft, respectively.
Munster also believes Apple will introduce new domains for CoreML, the machine learning SDK that Apple introduced with the launch of iOS 11. Munster doesn’t offer details on what the new domains might be, but at the current time, CoreML offers features for developers like real time image recognition, search ranking, text prediction, handwriting recognition, face detection, music tagging, text summarization, and more.
Previous rumors have said Apple plans to introduce support for multiplayer augmented reality games, and Munster believes Apple will also introduce “subtle new developer tools” to improve AR development and lead to more compelling AR apps.
Similarly, rumors have indicated Apple is working on a Digital Health tool that will let parents better monitor the amount of time children are spending on iOS devices. Munster says Apple could also include additional features that notify users when data is being shared with developers and new device management features aimed at curbing “screen time and digital anxiety.”
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A special “Decade Collection” range of Beats Headphones are currently being promoted by online retail merchants ahead of scheduled availability on June 4, suggesting Apple will officially announce the collection during its keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference.
A new Beats “Decade Collection” page on the Best Buy website spotted by AppleInsider provides a thorough breakdown of the Beats By Dre 10th anniversary limited edition range, which has yet to appear in Apple’s online product listings. Details about the new Beats models also went live on the website of New Zealand-based retailer Smiths City.
Beats was launched so people could hear music the way the artist intended. A decade later they’re still changing the game. Styled in Defiant Black-Red in tribute to their bold beginnings and music’s dynamic emotion, the Beats Decade Collection celebrates their first 10 years of innovation.
The collection showcases a “Defiant Black-Red” color scheme to existing products in the Beats lineup, including Studio3 Wireless, Solo3 Wireless, Powerbeats3 Wireless, BeatsX Wireless, and urBeats3. All the headphones are available to pre-order at the same price as their more typically styled equivalents.
A report last week claimed that Apple’s rumored “low-priced” version of the HomePod will be placed under the Beats by Dre brand instead of the expected Apple branding – although it seems unlikely that Apple would combine the two brands into one product.
Apple is also rumored to be working on a set of high-end over-ear headphones that, like the company’s HomePod and AirPods, will be Apple branded rather than Beats branded.
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Apple’s deals match those frequently offered by authorized resellers like B&H Photo Video, which has BeatsX and Solo3 Wireless on sale for the same prices, but even lower prices can be found on Amazon for select colors.
Like AirPods, the BeatsX, Solo3 Wireless, and Powerbeats3 Wireless are equipped with Apple’s W1 chip for instant pairing with an iPhone. They can then simultaneously connect to an Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac via iCloud.
All three headphones feature Fast Fuel. Five minutes of charging provides up to three hours of playback for the Solo3 Wireless, two hours of playback for the BeatsX, and an hour of playback for the Powerbeats3 Wireless.
Apple’s special Beats prices are available in the United States only for a limited time.
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