New iPhones have two-way wireless charging, bigger batteries

Sheri Evans
April 5, 2019

Both wireless earbuds offer always-on "Hey Siri" recognition. The news style battery will be supplied by Compaq.

The earbuds come in black, ivory, moss and navy, and it will be available from Apple sometime in May for $250.

This iPhone can easily be changed into a reverse wireless charging pod just by simply enabling a radio button.

In February, veteran Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities anticipated that all new iPhones coming out for this year would give users a chance to charge other Qi gadgets wirelessly, similar to the new AirPods and the wireless charging case.

Unlike Apple's AirPods, which tend to fall out of the wearer's ears, especially while exercising, the PowerBeats Pro feature a wrap-around design that secures each bud snuggly.

See Apple's launch video below.

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Along with sounding better, they should also be much more comfortable to wear with Beats saying fit and stability is paramount to its Powerbeats Pro.

With respect to battery life, each individual earbud offers up 9 hours of playback and "more than 24 hours of combined playback with the magnetic closure case". According to Beats, the new PowerBeats Pro is 23% smaller and 17% lighter than the wired Powerbeats 3.

Just like the AirPods, they'll also pause the music when removed from your ear. As an exercise-oriented pair of headphones, Powerbeats Pro will of course be sweat and water-resistant.

SoundPEATS SporFi: I've owned an older pair of SoundPEATS' budget sports headphones for years and, while they're far from fancy, they get the job done. It's the CHOETECH Wireless Charger, and it's somehow on sale right now for just $7.31.

"Powerbeats Pro is a harmonious blend of premium sound, fit and functionality".

Powerbeats Pro delivers incredible voice performance for phone calls. They don't bring any improvements in design or sound quality and the features they do bring such as quicker pairing and "Hey Siri" support aren't good enough reasons to upgrade. "Guilty Party" by The National sounded wonderfully airy and big, and the bass line on "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk went perfectly low without losing its detail or texture.

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