Apple’s W1-equipped wireless BeatsX earphones ship Feb. 10

“After popping up in assorted stock trackers on Monday, the BeatsX W1-equipped headphones will be available for purchase in the U.S. on Feb. 10, with a pair of new colors arriving at some point in the future,” Mike Wuerthele reports for AppleInsider.

“The shipping date was announced by the Beats Twitter account,” Wuerthele reports. “It is unclear if the launch extends outside the U.S.”

“The $149 BeatsX headphones were first announced alongside the iPhone 7 last September,” Wuerthele reports. “Apple’s custom W1 chip found in the AirPods and the BeatsX simplifies wireless Bluetooth pairing, automatically prompting users to connect through a paired iPhone, and sharing the pairing data with other iCloud-connected accessories. The proprietary W1 chip also improves connectivity and range over standard Bluetooth.”

BeatsX earphones featuring  the Apple W1 chip
BeatsX earphones featuring the Apple W1 chip

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MacDailyNews Take: Never before has so much distorted mud been transmitted wirelessly.

Yes, we have a rather low opinion of Beats’ products’ ability to correctly reproduce audio.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Dab K.,” and “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]


  1. Beat’s reputation for “mud” seems to be well known, but they have the culture cred for some. Why in the world would Apple NOT sync the cred with real sound quality? I don’t understand Apple’s association with superficial with this brand…esp for 3bn.

  2. The physical design makes better sense to me than carrying around a pill box. Still I can’t see myself listening to the Beats sound. It’s just not natural at all. I still prefer spending more on better acoustic engineering rather than blowing all the money on rechargeable batteries and crappy bluetooth receivers. I will continue to plug in my analog Klipsch earbuds, thank you.

  3. Just got my Bose QC35 headphones. I like my AirPods a lot, but the noise cancellation in these is amazing. It is also able to connect to two devices simultaneously, namely my iPhone and MacBook. Whereas I have to manually switch between the two with my AirPods. Come on Apple, WTF?

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