Apple’s New Beats Solo 4 To Feature Upgraded Features And Design Changes, Could Bridge The Gap With The Studio Pro

Apple seeded the first release candidate build of iOS 17.4 to developers yesterday. The company also shared the release notes for the update, revealing notable improvements alongside many bug fixes. However, the update also references the new Beats Solo 4 Headphones, which could be released in the coming months. The images of the headphones were also found in the release candidate files, which appear to show the same design with some minor tweaks.

Apple is working on Beats Solo 4 headphones with a slight change in design and upgraded features like Spatial Audio

As mentioned, Apple’s new Beats Solo 4 references were found in the iOS 17.4 release candidate build, highlighting the color and design of the headphones. The company could possibly announce the headphones soon, possibly at its Spring Event in the latter half of next month. The company is expected to host an event by the end of March to announce the new OLED iPad Pro models alongside 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air models with an M3 chip.

Spotted by MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris, the Beats Solo 4 headphones will be identical to the Beats Solo 3 in terms of design. However, the company has made some slight changes to refine the overall user experience. Additionally, the changes reflect design cues taken from the Beats Studio Pro. Besides the slightly updated design, the Beats Solo 4 will also bring new functionalities, allowing the headphones to close the feature gap with the ‘Pro’ model as well as the AirPods Pro lineup. The company could bring features from the Studio Pro to the Solo 4.

It was also discovered in the iOS 17.4 release candidate code that Spatial Audio will be coming to the Beats Solo 4. While it is a major addition, we are not familiar with the rest of the features that will be making their way to the headphones. We can also expect Apple to bring improved sound quality to the headphones. Though it is too early to speculate, the company could bring the Beats Studio Pro’s gesture support to the Solo 4 as well.

In terms of looks, the Solo 4 will potentially come in three distinct color options – Black, Pink, and Blue. Another major change expected for the Beats Solo 4 is the new USB-C port instead of a micro-USB port. The new port will allow the headphones to follow the AirPods’ transition route. Take note that the official feature set rests with Apple, so be sure to take the news with a grain of salt. As mentioned, Apple could see fit to launch the Beats Solo 4 at its Spring event; if not, we can expect the headphones to arrive later this year alongside the iPhone 16 lineup.

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