Images of Apple’s brand-new Powerbeats4 headphones have been spilled for the first time in today’s iOS 13.3.1 update.
The sporty buds look near identical to Powerbeats Pro, but like their predecessors, they won’t be completely wireless. They are expected to pack Apple’s newest H1 chip with hands-free “Hey Siri” support.
iOS 13.3 first spilled Powerbeats4 back in December, but they were merely mentioned in hidden code. Today’s leak brings images (black and white icons rather than actual photos) for the first time, revealing their update design.
Powerbeats4 look a little familiar
The icon hints at a slightly beefier form factor that’s near identical to that of Powerbeats Pro. That should make them a little more comfortable, but perhaps ever so slightly heavier than before.
The image also suggests the buds will be connected by a wire, like Powerbeats3. They should connect to your iPhone and other devices over Bluetooth, but the two earpieces will be tethered to each other.
The last Powerbeats4 leak hinted at the arrival of Apple’s H1 chip, which offers more reliable connectivity, better battery life, and “Hey Siri” support. It also allows your buds to read out incoming text messages.
When will we see Powerbeats4?
It’s not yet clear when Powerbeats4 will arrive, or how much they’ll cost. These images indicate Apple is preparing to drop them imminently, so they could hit the Apple Online Store any day now.
Powerbeats3 were initially priced at $199.95 at launch. Powerbeats4 are likely to go on sale at around the same price.
They could be a hard sell at close to $200, however. A number of retailers, including Amazon, regularly offer Powerbeats Pro at $199. AirPods Pro have also been dropping to around $235 in recent months.