Bag brilliant Beats Solo3 wireless headphones at 50% off today only

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Or save a small fortune on other Beats headphones.
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Struggling to block out background distractions when working from home? Pick up a pair of brilliant Beats Solo3 wireless headphones at 50% off today only.

They work wonderfully with Apple and third-party devices over Bluetooth, and they sound terrific. They also run for a whopping 40 hours in between charges.

Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre are searching for the ‘next Steve Jobs’

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Jimmy Iovine on stage at an Apple event.
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Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Drew, two of the high profile executives Apple brought in with its $3 billion purchase of Beats, are profiled in the new issue of GQ. While both have stepped back from their daily involvement with Apple, the article nonetheless briefly touches on Cupertino’s 2014 Beats purchase — and why Iovine says it made total sense for Apple.

Iovine, who stepped aside as head of Apple Music in 2018, said that he and Dre now spend their time searching for the next Steve Jobs, via a focus on education.

Act fast to enjoy the biggest discount yet on Powerbeats Pro

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Bag yours for under $200 before this discount disappears.
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Amazon’s big discount on Powerbeats Pro is back for a limited time only. You can enjoy $50 off the usual price on all four color options.

Powerbeats Pro pack Apple’s newest H1 chip, offer up to nine hours of listening in between charges, and sport a sweat-resistant design that’s ideal for running, cycling, and home workouts while the gyms are closed.

Third-gen AirPods to enter production in early 2021

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That means a lengthy wait for your next upgrade.
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Apple’s third-generation AirPods will enter mass-production during the first half of 2021 ahead of a release next year, according to one reliable analyst on Thursday.

Apple hopes the refresh will save falling demand for second-generation AirPods. Its next AirPods Pro units won’t enter mass-production until the fourth-quarter of next year at the earliest.

Save $100 on 2020 MacBook Air, $170 on Mac mini [Deals & Steals]

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And save $50 on the 10.2-inch iPad.
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B&H Photo just dropped the biggest discount we’ve seen so far on Apple’s new 2020 MacBook Air. You can save $100 on yours for a limited time only.

That’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. Other highlights include:

Find all these discounts and more in today’s Deals & Steals roundup.

Apple Music chief takes over Beats headphones

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There’s a new boss of Beats, an Apple product line of top-tier headphones, some aimed at runners.
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The head of Apple Music is apparently assuming an additional role. Oliver Schusser is reportedly going to take charge of the company’s Beats line of high-end headphones, while also remaining at the helm of Apple’s music-streaming service.

Apple also took the opportunity to refute a recent unconfirmed report that it’s phasing out Beats.

Apple over-ear headphones with interchangeable parts coming ‘later this year’

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But COVID-19 could spoil that plan.
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Apple will deliver its new over-ear headphones, with interchangeable ear pads and other parts, “later this year,” claims a Thursday report from Bloomberg.

The company is said to be working on at least two variations of the product, including one “premium version” and another focused on fitness with a lighter design. Like AirPods Pro, they will be wireless with active noise-cancellation.

2020 Powerbeats Pro may have scored FCC approval

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2020 Powerbeats Pro look familiar in FCC filings.
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Apple got approval to release a pair of “totally wireless high-performance earphones” from the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday. But the company didn’t release this product, so exactly what they’ll offer is a mystery.

That said, information buried in the FCC filing shows these will be very similar to last year’s Powerbeats Pro. They might be the successor.