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Topic: Beats

Apple's HomePod isn't about Siri, but rather the future of home audio

12/02/2017, 03:12 pm

Introduced this summer at WWDC17, Apple's HomePod was immediately positioned next to Amazon Echo and Google Home by bloggers as a "smart speaker" serving primarily as a way to chat with a voice assistant. But that's not how Apple introduced it.

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Apple's next NeXT: how buying Beats launched a sneak attack on the future of sound

11/30/2017, 05:11 pm

When Apple announced it was acquiring Beats in 2014, lots of critics scoffed and some even suggested the purchase was evidence that Tim Cook was just grasping at straws, with a good measure of racist-tinged denigration of the value of the LA-based music firm on the side. Why was the most valuable, competent and profitable tech company on earth prepared to spend $3 billion--by far the most it had ever paid in an acquisition--to get Beats?

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Jack White's Third Man Records gets special edition of Beats' Solo3 Wireless

11/16/2017, 02:11 pm

Apple's Beats on Thursday revealed a new color option for its Solo3 Wireless headphones, made for rocker Jack White's Third Man Records.

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Apple Music execs Jimmy Iovine & Dr. Dre break ground on new USC academy

10/12/2017, 01:10 pm

The founders of Beats, now executives at Apple Music, broke ground this week on a new academy named after them at the University of Southern California.

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Review: Beats Studio3 Wireless offers noise cancellation & Apple's W1, at a premium price

10/07/2017, 12:10 am

The Beats Studio3 Wireless is Apple's answer to high-end noise-cancelling headphones from the likes of Bose and Sony. While they're a solid product, it's debatable as to whether they're worth a premium over other Beats models.

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Deals: 12" MacBooks as low as $999 ($300-$500 off); high-end 15" MacBook Pro $2,599 ($200 off); Beats Solo3 Wireless for $199 ($100 off)

10/05/2017, 12:10 pm

Shoppers looking for the lowest price on a 12" MacBook can save $300 to $500 on 2016 models this week with prices starting at $999. Or opt for an upgraded 2017 15" MacBook Pro and save $200. Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones are also on sale for $199.99 at Amazon.

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First look: Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones with Pure ANC & Apple W1 chip

10/05/2017, 09:10 am

Apple's newly-available Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones are the highest-end model the company offers -- short of the appropriately named Beats Pro. AppleInsider offers a first look at the new hardware.

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Apple intros urBeats3 headphones & cheaper Apple TV Siri Remote

09/12/2017, 06:09 pm

While flying under the radar compared with bigger hardware announcements, Apple on Tuesday launched new Beats headphones -- the urBeats3 -- and a slightly tweaked Siri Remote, most remarkable for its lower price tag.

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Apple launches $350 Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones with W1 chip, improved noise canceling

09/04/2017, 02:09 pm

Apple on Monday updated its top-of-the-line Beats Studio headphones, giving them the W1 chip for simple pairing, and also adding more advanced noise cancelation technology.

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New 'Beats Neighborhood Collection' headphone, earphone colors available at Apple Retail, Target

08/28/2017, 01:08 pm

Apple is now selling Beats Solo 3, Powerbeats 3 Wireless earphones, and the Beats Pill+ speaker in a new assortment of colors called the "Beats Neighborhood Collection."

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Four new Beats Solo3 colors coming to Apple, Target & John Lewis stores

08/25/2017, 12:08 pm

Furthering an emphasis on fashion, Apple is reportedly launching four new colors for its Beats Solo3 headphones, available through first-party outlets, big-box retailer Target, and John Lewis in the U.K.

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Apple's 2017 Back to School for Europe offers free wireless Beats with Macs & iPad Pros

08/07/2017, 04:08 pm

Apple on Monday launched its 2017 Back to School promotions for a number of European countries, offering free wireless Beats headphones with the purchase of a Mac or iPad Pro on top of existing educational discounts.

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Apple cuts Beats headphone and speaker prices, but better deals can be had elsewhere

07/31/2017, 08:07 pm

Apple on Monday updated its online storefront to reflect minor discounts on certain Beats products, including both in-ear and over-ear headphones, as well as the Beats Pill+ portable speaker.

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Apple & Balmain partner on special-edition Powerbeats3 & Beats Studio Wireless headphones

07/19/2017, 04:07 pm

Apple has joined with French fashion house Balmain on special editions of its Beats Studio Wireless and Powerbeats3 headphones, echoing marketing tactics adopted with some other Apple wearables, like the Apple Watch.

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Apple's 2017 Back to School promo offers wireless Beats with Macs & iPad Pros

07/12/2017, 11:07 am

Apple on Wednesday launched its annual Back to School promotions for the U.S and Canada, offering qualified shoppers wireless Beats headphones if they buy a Mac or an iPad Pro. Alternatively, Apple-authorized resellers are offering their own great deals on new Mac purchases for students and non-students alike.

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iPhone owners more excited about HomePod or Beats than Amazon Echo, survey finds

07/10/2017, 12:07 pm

Interest among iPhone users in the upcoming HomePod speaker is greater than that of the Apple Watch prior to its launch, and more users are planning on buying Apple-produced speakers than Amazon Echo devices.

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First Listen: HomePod is Apple's AirPods, enhanced for your house

06/05/2017, 09:06 pm

Apple's HomePod aims to further expand Siri assistance outside of iOS devices, Apple Watch, Macs, the Apple TV Remote and AirPods into the same sort of "always ready" home experience delivered by Amazon's Echo, even as it upgrades audio reproduction quality in the emerging "smart speaker" segment into the realm of affordable luxury.

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Apple blames Beats headphones explosion on third-party batteries

05/19/2017, 12:05 pm

In a statement published on Friday, an Apple representative blamed the explosion of an Australian woman's Beats headphones on her using third-party batteries, rather than any product defects.

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Apple's latest Beats ad uses NBA stars LeBron James, James Harden & others

05/16/2017, 01:05 pm

Apple on Tuesday released a new Beats ad in its "Be Heard" series, this time featuring four NBA stars: LeBron James, James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green.

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With AirPods, Beats & surging Apple Watch sales, Apple's wearables business the size of a Fortune 500 company

05/03/2017, 09:05 am

Apple Watch sales "nearly doubled year-over-year" in the March quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company's quarterly results call, helping to push combined wearables revenues into Fortune 500 levels.

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