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Beats Fit Pro: Fitness plugs from Apple subsidiary compete with AirPods

The Apple subsidiary Beats is backing up with audio products that are clearly in competition with the parent brand. After the Studio Buds, which already competed against the AirPods Pro as classic ANC earplugs – and at a lower price – the Beats Fit Pro are now following as sports earplugs, which bring even more new functions.

The Fit Pro had leaked Apple itself in advance – pictures and information about it were in the beta of iOS 15.1, as hobbyists had discovered. Well found one official presentation in the USA of the new devices. The Fit Pro will be available there starting this week at a price of $ 200. They are intended as the direct successor to the popular Powerbeats Pro and come with an IPX4 rating for sweat and water resistance. Visually, the Beats Fit Pro are based on the Studio Buds that appeared in the summer and cost 150 euros. The difference is an additional bracket with which the plugs can be “hooked” into the auricle. The Powerbeats Pro, on the other hand, came with an outer ear hook.

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Like the Studio Buds, the Fit Pro come with ANC, i.e. active noise cancellation. Furthermore, Apple offers its transparency mode known from the AirPods Pro, which allows calls and announcements to pass through, among other things. While the Studio Buds had to get along without Apple’s H1 chip, with which a quick coupling with Apple devices is possible (including “Where is?” Support and “Hey Siri”), the Fit Pro contain the processor. Adaptive EQ and support for spatial audio with dynamic head tracking are still available.

Accordingly, the new plugs are for the first time really full-fledged competitors to the AirPods Pro, for which Apple charges 280 euros in this country (sometimes cheaper in stores). Apple sells the Beats Fit Pro in four colors (“Stone Purple”, “Sage Gray”, white, black). In the USA, November 5th is the official start date, China will follow in December, other countries will not – probably due to the chip crisis – until 2022. As always, the Beats plugs also deliver their special Beats sound – this was considered more bass-heavy than that of the AirPods . For Android there will be a dedicated app for configuration. The charging case is powered by USB-C. Without ANC or transparency, the Beats Fit Pro run for seven hours, with the functions for six hours. The charging case allows 21 additional hours of use with ANC / transparency.


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