What you need to know
- Beats Studio Buds are now on sale in the United States and Canada.
- The earbuds are available at Apple Stores in the US and Canada.
After their announcement last week the new Beats Studio Buds are now available to buy. You can walk into most Apple Stores in the United States and Canada and walk out with a pair right now, while next-day delivery is also available at the online Apple Store depending on your location.
The new earbuds offer some of what AirPods Pro offer, but not all. Active noise cancelation and Transparency mode are included and you get a 24-hour charge when using the case. There's USB-C instead of Lightning and three colors to choose from. So far, so good.
But things go downhill when you notice there is no Apple W1 or H1 chip inside, so no instant device switching like Apple's own earbuds. Still, priced at $149, these things have a lot going for them.
I'd still lean towards the AirPods Pro because of that instant device switching feature. If you're of the same mind, check out the best AirPods Pro deals we could find, and maybe we'll get the price a little closer to Beats Studio Buds after all.
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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.