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Apple Unveils Wireless AirPods; New Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones

On September 7, with all eyes on new iPhones, Apple also had new headphones to share to the world. Hot on the heels of plenty of rumors, the new wireless AirPods are now official.

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At this year’s September event, Apple took the curtain off the brand new wireless headphones, officially known as AirPods, that will help future iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners listen to music completely wirelessly. The reveal of truly wireless headphones isn’t that big of a surprise, considering the Rumor Mill was more than adamant about their existence, and also the expectation that Apple would be dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack turning out to be true.

As part of its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus launch, Apple’s cut the cord on four new headphone models: its new AirPods ($159/£159/AU$229), which are totally wireless earbuds, plus three new Beats headphones, called the Powerbeats3 ($200/£170/AU$260), Solo3 Wireless ($300/£250/AU$400) and all-new BeatsX ($150/£130/AU$200).

They all work with Apple’s new proprietary W1 chip, being described as a custom chip that uses ultra-low-power Bluetooth and keeps the two earbuds in sync. Reporters at the Apple Event spoke to Apple reps who confirmed the headphones will work with other Bluetooth devices, not just the new iPhones.

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The Apple AirPods deliver 5 hours of battery life and include a charging case that gives you an extra 19 hours of charge time (24 hours total). They ship in late October.

The Beats Solo3 Wireless are available now in six colors. The ship dates for thePowerbeats3 Wireless and BeatsX haven’t been announced yet.

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