All set to smash through your new year’s fitness resolutions? If you’re hunting for a new pair of earphones to keep you motivated through your workouts, Apple has announced its latest Beats Fit Pro earbuds that look to rival Apple's all-powerful, gym floor-dominating AirPods.
The new true wireless headphones arrive with a decent battery life, water resistance, and a new design to keep them in place during the toughest sessions. Let's take a deeper dive:
Apple’s Beats Fit Pro Earbuds Pre-Orders and Price
The Beats Fit Pro earbuds will be available to pre-order in the UK from 24 January, and we’d expect to see all the main retailers stocking up. You’ll then have to wait a week before units start shipping on 29 January.
They will cost £200, which is roughly the same price as the AirPods Pro from most retailers and £40 pricier than the recent AirPods 3rd gen option. This price point puts the Fit Pro at the premium end of the audio in-ear spectrum, offering an alternative to Sony’s WF series and the rest of Beats’ fitness family, including the Studio and Powerbeats Pro.
Apple’s Beats Fit Pro Earbuds Design
The Fit Pro have flexible silicone wingtips that fit on the inside curve of your ear and three sizes of dome-like tips to hold them in place. Like many other Beats earbuds, you tap on the side of the bud to pause or skip tracks as well as answer calls and activate Siri.
Each bud weighs 5.6g so are quite light (0.2g heavier than the AirPods Pro) and will be recharged in the case – more on that later.
There are four colour options: black, white, grey, and purple, with matching cases.
Apple’s Beats Fit Pro Earbuds Features
So what can they do? Well, audiophiles will be happy to see the same brilliant active noise cancellation (ANC) tech that you find in the AirPods Pro, meaning you can drown out the general grunts and groans of the gym to focus on your music. They also have the same IPX4 water resistance, which protects it against sweat and rain, and will survive a five-minute dunk underwater.
We’re also impressed to see head tracking and spatial audio on the new earbuds, which means your playlists will come at you from a 360 soundscape making it sound like noise is coming from all around you.
They have the latest H1 chip found in Apple’s premium headphones, and will connect seamlessly to your iPhone in less than a few seconds. Got an Android phone? Don’t worry, it will still connect quickly through Bluetooth, though you will need to download an app to sync them up.
Apple’s Beats Fit Pro Earbuds Battery life
Beats claims you’ll get six hours listening from each bud when using the ANC, which is about what we’ve come to expect from modern wireless earbuds. You can push this up to 21 hours in total with the charging case, which can be topped up with a USB-C cable.
The only downside we can see is there’s no wireless charging on the Fit Pro earbuds. The Men’s Health lab will be testing out the new earbuds in the coming weeks to keep this page tabbed to find out exactly what we think.
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