Apple isn’t slowing down with the new audio product releases, if a fresh rumor is to be believed: the company is being tipped to launch a truly wireless version of its Powerbeats earphones during the next month.
The existing Beats PowerBeats 3 are already wireless, but Apple wants to give them an AirPods-style transformation and take away the connecting cord and in-line remote, CNET reports.
Exactly what else we might get with the mooted upgrade isn’t clear at the moment, but with the recent AirPods refresh in mind, some kind of wireless charging could be on the table.
CNET’s scoop comes courtesy of “a person close to the retail channel” who has given accurate tips before, so we can be fairly certain an upgrade is coming – it would be more of a surprise if Apple wasn’t lining up a Powerbeats refresh.
Apple has past form for this, releasing new AirPods and new Beats earphones in a short space of time back in 2016, and it sounds as though some of the key technology could be shared here again.
In particular, the newly updated AirPods come with the superior H1 chip, offering a faster connection to calls, improved battery life, and hands-free Siri access.
Might the same upgrades be coming to the Powerbeats 4? We’ll have to wait and see, but an announcement is tipped for April, with pricing still to be determined.
If the April date is right then we won’t be hearing about the new Powerbeats earphones at the Apple event on Monday – instead Apple will spend all its time talking about its new video streaming service.