Beats latest earphones are official. Following some early tips in iOS 15.1, the company has formally announced Beats Fit Pro. This set of genuine wireless earphones has a similar look to Studio Buds, which debuted earlier this year with an extra fit wing or “wingtip” as the company calls it. Combined with an IPX4 rating, the $ 200 Fit Pro is great for training, but is also packed with the best features from Apple’s new AirPods for all-day use.
Thanks to Apple’s H1 chip, the Beats Fit Pro offers hands-free access to Siri, one-touch pairing, the latest Find My features in iOS, automatic device switching and audio sharing. Apple’s smart new skin detection sensor, which improves the accuracy of automatic pause, is also included. Beats says that the H1 also runs the ear tip fit test, which is built into the earphones’ settings via iOS. Beats Fit Pro also has Adaptive EQ just like the latest AirPods, a feature that continuously scans and adjusts low and medium frequency frequencies using computer sound and inward-facing microphones. Spatial sound and dynamic head tracking, also key elements of Apple’s new earphones, are also available on the Beats Fit Pro. This allows you to Dolby Atmos in both Apple Music, or while watching movies and series.
Beats Fit Pro goes beyond the new AirPods with active noise reduction (ANC). The company says their ANC setup “continuously adapts in real time,” scanning and adjusting up to 200 times per second to accommodate changes “in fit and movement.” There is also a transparency mode that allows you to hear what is happening around you when needed. With both the ANC and transparency turned off, Adaptive EQ is taking over to make things sound as good as possible.
Beats says new custom transducer and vent system have helped improve overall sound quality. There is also a new acoustic design that delivers what the company describes as “impressive dynamic range and clarity across the frequency curve.” On the outside, the built-in controls allow you to play music and answer calls without reaching for your phone. Beats allow you to adjust the long press to built-in volume control if you prefer it over easy access to noise control (ANC, transparency and off). During calls, the company says that beam-forming microphones focus on your voice, while internal microphones and an accelerometer work to filter out environmental noise. Spatial sound in Group FaceTime will not be available on Beats Fit Pro at launch, but the feature will come in a future update.
Beats promises up to six hours of listening time with ANC or transparency mode active, plus an additional 21 hours in the charging case. When you turn them off and use Fit Pro in Adaptive EQ mode, you can expect up to seven hours on top with 27 more in the case. The cover does not support wireless charging, but it does offer a Fast Fuel feature that gives you an hour of playing time of five minutes. While everything iOS users need for Beats Fit Pro is built into this software, Android users need to download the Beats app. The app offers one-touch pairing, the fit test, the ability to change listening modes and customize the long press action.
Beats Fit Pro can be pre-ordered today for $ 200 from Apple’s website and other retailers in the United States. Color options include black, white, gray and purple. The earphones will begin shipping on November 5 with availability in China in early December. Beats says Fit Pro will be available “in additional regions” next year. New subscribers also get six months of Apple Music with the purchase of Beats Fit Pro.
Read our full review of Beats Fit Pro right here.