The Beats Solo Pro, lightweight on-ear headphones
with noise-cancellation, were introduced in 2019 and at $299
offered a nice upgrade over the Beats Solo3. Now, with the Beats
Solo3 less expensive and the Beats Studio3 over-ear headphones at
$349, there's not as much reason for them anymore.
The $149 Powerbeats, introduced only last year, cost $100
less than the Powerbeats Pro and were similar in design, but had a
cable running between the buds. Now that the Beats Fit Pro have
been released, the Powerbeats Pro got a drop in price to $199, and
the less expensive wired version is retired.
The third product on the chopping block today is the ancient Beats EP. Now five years old, these headphones used
a 3.5mm jack and lacked any smart features.
These products may still be found at some retailers and online
shops, but their products pages on the Apple and Beats sites
redirect you to other products.
Apple hasn't issued any statement on the discontinued products,
but looking at the entire Beats lineup, its prices, and the
products no longer offered, it seems likely that Apple is just
simplifying the lineup by removing a few products that no longer
fill useful spots in the product lineup.
The current Beats lineup now includes:
- Beats Flex ($50)
- Beats Studio Buds ($130)
- Beats Pill+ ($180)
- Beats Fit Pro ($200)
- Beats Solo3 ($200)
- Powerbeats Pro ($250)
- Beats Studio3 ($350)
The Beats Fit Pro are Apple's newest earbuds, with
noise-cancellation, hands-free Siri, Adaptive EQ and spatial audio.
They have a flush in-ear design with flexible, secure-fit wingtips
that adjust to fit inside your ear. The feature Apple's H1 chip for
advanced features such as Find My support and automatic device