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Why Apple Quietly Discontinued urBeats3 Headphones

KEY POINTS

  • Apple has released the new Beats Flex wireless headphones
  • It has quietly discontinued the older urBeats3 headphones
  • The new device is cheaper than the older one

Apple has announced its newest and cheapest wireless earbuds yet and quietly discontinued a pair of wired earphones that it has been selling for quite some time now.

Cupertino tech giant Apple launched the new Beats Flex, a pair of wireless earbuds that aren’t truly wireless like the AirPods. At $50, the new device takes its place as the company’s cheapest offering for those who want a pair of wireless earphones for less than $100.

The new Beats Flex replaces the urBeats3, which was previously sold for $60. The older audio accessory, which was available in Lightning and 3.5mm versions, has been quietly discontinued and is no longer offered in Apple’s stores.

Those who try to go to the website previously used

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The Best Prime Day Apple Deals

Apple never holds sales — even on Black Friday or Cyber Monday — but Amazon has slashed the prices on its computers, tablets, and headphones as part of Prime Day.

Amazon’s blowout annual sale is a great time to shop for most tech, but these Apple deals are particularly notable — in some cases, you’ll find its gear for its lowest price ever.

Remember: the best Prime Day deals are reserved exclusively for Amazon Prime members. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can get a 30-day free trial right now which will get you access in time for Prime Day.

See our Best Prime Day Deals and Best Prime Day Deals Under $100 articles for even more deals

Save $50 on AirPods Pro

The AirPods Pro are Apple’s newest headphones, and they’re the best totally wireless earbuds we’ve used. They get five hours of music playback, and automatically

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Apple unveils 4 new 5G iPhones including Mini, Pro

Oct. 13 (UPI) — Apple on Tuesday unveiled its first 5G-comptable iPhones, including a new Mini smartphone and an update of its Pro device.

The new smartphones will be available as a standard iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max — all with 5G capability.

“Every decade there’s a new generation of technology that provides a step change in what we can do with our iPhones,” CEO Tim Cook said in the virtual announcement. “This is a huge moment for all of us.”

Though 5G capability promises a faster experience for iPhone 12 users, not all cities and carriers offer the technology. The iPhone 12 lineup of phones is the first by Apple to offer 5G.

Prior to the Apple release, 13% of smartphones sold in the first half of 2020 were capable of using the next-generation broadband cellular network, Canalys analyst

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iPhone 12 has 5G, but Apple still has us questioning why we need it

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday talked up the iPhone 12 lineup’s new 5G connectivity.


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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Apple this week gave users plenty of reasons to want a new iPhone 12, much as it does every year. The camera is better, and so’s the processor. The display, with its “ceramic shield” technology, is more durable, and there’s even a Pacific blue iPhone 12 Pro. There are now four new models to choose from instead of three, and the overall phone’s been redesigned for the first time since 2017. Oh, and did you hear? All phones in the iPhone 12 lineup also come with 5G. 

The next-generation cellular technology was front and center in Apple’s virtual iPhone launch on Tuesday. Apple showed us its secret, padded anechoic chamber where

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iPhone 12 with 5G, HomePod Mini and more: Everything Apple just announced

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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Another year, another iPhone. (Did I say that last year?) This is the iPhone’s last year of tweendom before it hits teenhood: Apple announced its four-model iPhone 12 line on Tuesday, the first major revamp of the iPhone’s design since 2017’s iPhone X, which introduced face unlocking and better screen technology. This year they sport an array of colors, more models and 5G wireless support across the lineup. In addition to the HomePod Mini smart speaker, we were treated to the MagSafe wireless charging system for the iPhone and a stealth release of the $50 Beats Flex wireless headphones.

Here’s how you order iPhone 12, Mini, Pro and Pro Max models, on different days and at different prices.

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iPhone 12 and 12 Pro 5G: Apple unveils super-speedy new phone lineup

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Apple’s new iPhone 12 — including its premium Pro model, pictured here — pack in 5G connectivity.


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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Apple’s iPhones just got a lot faster. During its virtual event Tuesday, the company unveiled its iPhone 12 lineup — and all four new devices come with 5G, including the ultra-fast millimeter wave version. The company’s 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Max pack in some of the biggest advances Apple has made in years. 

The two middle phones go on sale next week (preorders begin this Friday), while the Mini and Max arrive in mid-November. The starting prices range from $699 for the Mini — making it one of the cheapest premium 5G phones on the

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Best Prime Day 2020 smartwatch deals: $450 off Garmin Fenix 5S Plus, plus Samsung, Apple Watch and more

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

The final day of Amazon Prime Day is here and runs until 11:59 p.m. PT tonight. Rivals of the retail giant, including Best BuyTarget and Walmart, also have some big sales this week. Wearables from tech’s biggest brands Apple and Samsung are included.

Today’s deals on Amazon include slashed prices on wearables such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, Fitbit trackers and Garmin running watches. Although there are tons of great deals to choose from, what you won’t see deep discounts on is the Apple Watch: We’re only seeing price drops between $15 and $30 on some models, but those are really just a continuation of “everyday low prices” that have been typical for weeks. 

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The Technology 202: Apple and Verizon say 5G is here. That’s not exactly true yet.

“5G just got real,” Verizon chief executive Hans Vestberg said onstage, as he touted his company’s plans to double its availability in some cities and roll out to 60 new markets by the end of 2020.

But in reality, 5G remains a work in progress throughout the United States. 

Access to 5G networks is limited to a handful of U.S. cities, and in some instances, it’s currently slower than 4G speeds, my colleague Geoffrey Fowler has found through tests with multiple phones. And my colleagues note that the fastest early deployments have been concentrated in areas most Americans aren’t visiting very much since the pandemic began such as stadiums. 

“It will likely be a few more years before we see what kind of revolution 5G will bring about in the tech world,” Stan Adams, the deputy general counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology, said in an email. 

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Apple dropped the price of its EarPods and iPhone power adapters by $10, after it said the iPhone 12 would not ship with these accessories



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Apple has dropped the price of its EarPods and iPhone wall chargers by $10, after it confirmed that the new iPhones it announced Tuesday would not ship with these accessories.

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Its EarPod headphones — a wired alternative to Apple’s Bluetooth AirPods — are now $19 on the Apple Store, a third less than the previous price. 

Its 20W power adapter, which lets you charge your phone at a plug socket, is also $19 — this is a new product, and down from $29 for the old adapter, which Apple has now discontinued.

Older iPhone models still on sale on the Apple Store, including the iPhone 11, XR, and SE, will also no longer ship with these accessories, the company said.

At its iPhone 12 announcement on Tuesday, the company said that shipping phones without these accessories would let it use

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iPhone 12 is all about 5G. But did Apple give us a reason to actually want 5G?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday talked up the iPhone 12 lineup’s new 5G connectivity.


Apple

This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Apple this week gave users plenty of reasons to want a new iPhone 12, much as it does every year. The camera is better, and so’s the processor. The display, with its “ceramic shield” technology, is more durable, and there’s even a Pacific blue iPhone 12 Pro. There are now four new models to choose from instead of three, and the overall phone’s been redesigned for the first time since 2017. Oh, and did you hear? All phones in the iPhone 12 lineup also come with 5G. 

The next-generation cellular technology was front and center in Apple’s virtual iPhone launch on Tuesday. Apple showed us its secret, padded anechoic chamber where

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