If you’ve been anxiously awaiting a new Beats speaker, your wait is almost over. Apple has announced a new Beats Pill+ Bluetooth wireless speaker, which will be available in November for $229.95. The accessory will come in black or white, and will be sold by Apple’s online store and authorized Beats retailers.
Beats president Luke Wood described the process that went into designing the successor to the 2012-launched Beats Pill speaker:
When you obsess about sound the way that we do at Beats, portable Bluetooth speakers can be very tricky. We spent countless days, weeks, months testing for that perfect combination of form and function – small enough to travel but still big enough to feel the emotion of the music. That’s what you get with Pill+.
The Beats Pill+ is slightly larger than the original accessory, allowing for bigger and fuller sound, but features the same simplistic design. Using the free Beats Pill+ app for iOS or Android devices, you’ll be able to pair two of the speakers together to amplify your sound or set up a stereo playback experience.
The Beats Pill+ is the company’s first new speaker since being acquired by Apple in May 2014. It features a 12-hour battery life, and has a Lightning port on the back for charging the speaker, and a USB port for powering your iPhone or other devices. In addition to Bluetooth capability, the speaker features a line-in audio port for devices lacking the wireless protocol.
I’m glad to see Beats finally releasing a new speaker, and hope this is a sign that the Apple-owned company will continue to produce excellent products. I wish, though, that there was some innovation happening over at Beats; the ability to pair two speakers together for stereo playback isn’t exactly a new feature to the accessory market.
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