Apple did unveil an audio product at its keynote on Tuesday – the compact HomePod mini. A new high-end headphone. called AirPods Studio, however, wasn’t there – even though Apple had just purged its e-commerce and in-store offerings of speakers and headphones. Instead, its Beats subsidiary is now coming out with a new product. The Beats Flex are likely aimed particularly at new iPhone owners – the 2020 vintage will lack the wired earpiece in the future – and come at a relatively moderate price by Apple standards.
Orientation to the Beats X
The hardware is based on the Beats X model, which had appeared in 2017. The in-ear earphones have a flexible connection cable ("Flex Form" and on the left and right small "Knob". These are used for operation and for connecting a charger – Beats now conveniently installs USB-C here. With a price of 48.65 euros, they are the most favorable current Beats models.
Four bright colors and "only at Apple"
Apple sells four colors of Beats Flex: black, yuzu yellow, flame blue and smoke gray – with only black and yuzu yellow initially available, the other two colors coming in winter. Currently the models "only at Apple" sold, according to the Beats website.
W1 chip for Apple functions
The individual stops can be magnetically connected to each other – then the music stops automatically. Apple claims to have improved the acoustics and promises a better sound quality "Balanced sound with excellent stereo separation". A W1 chip is also integrated for fast connection with iPhone, iPad and Mac, and functions such as audio sharing are also possible there. If you load the stoppers for ten MInuten, they run for an hour and a half. The battery itself lasts up to 12 hours. Sales start later this month.