Apple has announced AppleCare+ products for several models of headphones, such as AirPods, Powerbeats Pro, and Beats Studio3 Wireless. For $29, owners of eligible headphones get complete AppleCare+ coverage including accidental damage repairs. AppleCare+ for Headphones does not cover loss or theft.
Looking for a pair of AirPods? The standard white version currently ships in six weeks, as demand has outstripped supply. While Apple does not offer different colors at this time, anyone willing to wait an extra 4-6 weeks longer can fully customize their AirPods thanks to ColorWare. The company offers 29 solid colors, 29 metallic colors and two different finishes to choose from.
Apple may be working on headphones that double as loudspeakers, as revealed by the recent patent titled "Dual mode headphones and methods for constructing the same". US Patent Number 9,565,490 is dated February 7, 2017 and shows designs similar to current Beats headphones and EarPods. The difference is that flipping the speakers around converts them into amplified speakers for in-room listening.
The highly anticipated BeatsX earphones will officially launch on Friday, February 10. First announced in September, BeatsX feature Apple's wireless W1 chip. After several delays, Beats By Dre revealed the release date for the $150 accessory. The tweet didn't explain whether BeatsX would debut in additional countries at the end of this week.
Connecting standard 3.5mm headphones to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus requires a Lightning adapter. When news of the design change surfaced, speculation was rampant as to how much Apple would charge for such an adapter.