Amazon is making its own version of AirPods for Alexa

Amazon is making its own version of AirPods for Alexa

Amazon is making its own version of AirPods for Alexa

They're also cheaper, coming in at around $70 cheaper than the Powerbeats Pro's $250 price tag. Apple purchased Beats in 2014 and has incorporated some of its technologies like the W1 chip into its Powerbeats and Beats Solo3 headphones, but until now, Beats didn't offer headphones that competed directly with AirPods.

AirPods retail for between $159 and $199. Find out in this comparison. Powerbeats Pro have officially arrived - well, almost. While a lot of modern earbuds, including truly wireless ones, probably don't need active cancelation, some buds let in more sound than others.

For example, iPhones best charge at 7.5W, but this doesn't mean that they won't charge on a 10W charger.

After hints from iOS 12.2 suggested new "Powerbeats Pro" wireless headphones were coming, Apple made the announcement official today in a press release.


The earbuds of both products can be used as a standalone unit. I regularly switch between having the earbuds connected to my iPhone and my Mac, but that experience has always had the potential be be a little clunky.

The earbuds are designed for athletes and Apple says it worked with real athletes to know what they want.

The new Powerbeats Pro are 23 percent smaller and 17 percent lighter versus the older version, plus sweat and water resistant. With the first gen AirPods, you needed to double tap on the left or right earpiece to activate Siri before you could start talking. They have an earhook design that rests over your outer ear and use silicone eartips for a more secure fit. That's up on the 5 hours of the AirPods, which is impressive. The included charging case has enough power for two additional charges, letting you get up to nine hours before the case itself has to be charged. But if you chuck them back in the portable case for multiple charges, you get more than 24 hours of listening time, or up to 18 hours of talk time, Apple's support page says. The case charges uses Apple's Lightning cable.

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