Apple has released the PowerBeats3 Wireless earphones ($200), the company’s second W1-chip-equipped set of headphones. The earphones include “Fast Fuel” charging, which the company claims provides a full hour of playback from a 5-minute charge.
On a full charge the earphones boast 12 hours of playback and can be instantly linked to an iPhone by powering them on and holding them near the device (provided the phone is running iOS 10). The earphones can also be simultaneously synced to an Apple Watch running watchOS 3, an iPad running iOS 10, or a Mac running macOS Sierra, provided the user is also linked to an iCloud account.
RemoteTalk capabilities allow the user to take calls, adjust volume and use Siri without digging out their iPhone.
Unlike Apple’s still-unreleased AirPods, PowerBeats3 provides ear hooks to hold the earphones in place, with a cable attaching the buds together..