Brand new Beats Pill Bluetooth speaker leaked in full — but those hoping for a design change will be left disappointed

beats pill red
(Image credit: Apple)

One of the first steps to getting a new device to market is perhaps one of the most boring steps — getting it approved by various communications boards all over the world so that it doesn’t, like, interfere with local air traffic control. What’s fun for us, however, is that the process often gives us naughty glimpses into a product before it's announced.

Just like the as-yet-unreleased new Beats Pill, which, as noticed by 91mobiles, has just gone through the Taiwanese NCC process — and there are some funky images to show off what it looks like for a fresh glimpse at the reborn Bluetooth speaker.

That looks… an awful lot like a Pill

If you follow basketball or Formula 1, then you’ve already seen what the speaker looks like, hanging from the fingers of sportsmen like Lebron James and Daniel Ricciardo. If you’re uninterested in sports, then there’s one thing you need to know about the latest Bluetooth speaker from Beats: It looks an awful lot like the old speakers we used to get prior to the line’s discontinuation in 2022.

Beats Pill

(Image credit: 91Mobiles)

In this case, we have a black, pill-shaped speaker with a Beats logo on it. There’s some more information in the NCC filing though, although most of it at this point is expected. There’s a USB-C charging port on the back, and the speaker will come with a USB-C to USB-C cable in the box. There’s a lanyard slot too, so you can hang it from your finger for those full-body Instagram glamor shots.

Daniel Ricciardo and Beats Pill speaker

The last time we saw a Beats Pill it looked like this. (Image credit: F1)

We already know that the speaker is going to come in a range of colors thanks to an iOS leak — Black, Gold, and Red. We’ve also learned that there are going to be physical buttons. The only things we now don’t know about the speaker are the release date and the way that the speaker sounds.

Apple seems to bringing its Beats brand back from the brink, as it refreshes the entire line. Last year, we saw the Beats Studio Pro headphones launch alongside the Beats Studio Buds+, and more recently, we’ve got the Beats Solo 4 and lower-priced Solo Buds. The Beats Pill would round out the line, bringing a Bluetooth speaker back to the line — and who knows where we’ll go from there.

Beats Solo 4 | $199$149 at Amazon

Beats Solo 4 | $199 $149 at Amazon

They've only been out for a couple of weeks, but you can already pick up a pair for less — that's a $50 discount on full price, and a lowest price ever for Beats latest pair of headphones.

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Tammy Rogers
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As iMore's Senior Staff writer, Tammy uses her background in audio and Masters in screenwriting to pen engaging product reviews and informative buying guides. The resident audiophile (or audio weirdo), she's got an eye for detail and a love of top-quality sound. Apple is her bread and butter, with attention on HomeKit and Apple iPhone and Mac hardware. You won't find her far away from a keyboard even outside of working at iMore – in her spare time, she spends her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays. Also known to enjoy driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.