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The new $149 Powerbeats 4 earphones are here, boasting 15hrs of battery life

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Powerbeats 4 (Image credit: Beats Electronics LLC)

Beats Powerbeats 4 Lifestyle

Beats Powerbeats 4 Lifestyle (Image credit: Beats Electronics LLC)

What you need to know

  • Apple and Beats have announced the Powerbeats 4 earphones.
  • They cost $149.
  • They'll officially be available on March 18.

They've already been on shelves at Walmart for a day or so, but they've now officially been announced. Powerbeats 4 will go on sale for real on March 18.

There's a lot to like about these $149 earbuds, too. They'll be available in black, white, and I'd expect more colors to be made available eventually. Each set boasts Apple's H1 chip, making for lightning-fast connection and pairing with Apple devices. You'll also be able to take advantage of "Hey Siri" support as well, should that be your jam.

Beats Powerbeats 4 Black Lifestyle

Beats Powerbeats 4 Black Lifestyle (Image credit: Beats Electronics LLC)

More importantly, we have a claimed 15 hours of battery life from a single charge, which is an increase of a couple of hours on the previous model. You'll get a carrying pouch in the box, as well as a Lightning cable that will take care of charging duties.

Think of these as AirPods but with a cable connecting them together, and you'll be pretty much spot on. If you're someone who's terrified of losing one of those small earbuds, the cable connecting these should be enough to make sure they won't go missing quite so often.

If you're lucky you might be able to nab some from a local Walmart now. Everyone else will need to wait a couple of days before picking theirs up form Apple or any of the usual suspects.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.