iOS 13.3 spills upgraded Powerbeats4 with ‘Hey Siri’ support
Powerbeats3 are in desperate need of an update.
Apple’s newest iOS 13.3 update is out, spilling yet more secrets about upcoming products. New code reveals upgraded Powerbeats4 headphones could be on the way with “Hey Siri” support.
Despite still selling for $199, Powerbeats3 buds are lagging behind siblings like AirPods and Powerbeats Pro — which already pack Apple’s newest H1 chip, improved battery life, and “Hey Siri” functionality.
But that’s going to change soon, according to iOS 13.3.
iOS 13.3 leaks upcoming Powerbeats4
New strings found in iOS 13.3 code suggest that a Powerbeats4 upgrade will come soon. They mention the ability to use Apple’s digital assistant by saying “Hey Siri,” and to have your messages read aloud.
It’s not clear if these buds will be truly wireless, like AirPods and Powerbeats Pro, or whether they will be joined by a wire like Powerbeats3. But Apple won’t want to make them too good.
Powerbeats4 will almost certainly be a more affordable alternative to Powerbeats Pro. So there will need to be some limitations that prevent them from cannibalizing their $250 siblings.
There’s no indication when the new buds might be available. It seems highly unlikely we will see them before the holidays. If you can’t wait, you can pick up Powerbeats3 from third-party retailers for a much more reasonable price.
Code leaks keep on coming
This isn’t the first time a new Apple product has been spilled by an iOS update. iOS 13.2 gave us a glimpse at AirPods Pro ahead of their official debut, while iOS 12 spilled the 2018 iPad Pro lineup early.
iOS 13 has also hinted at the release of “AirTags” — Apple’s rumored tracking devices — while a recent App Store leak referenced a new Sleep app for Apple Watch.