Beats today unveiled its first product — the Beats Pill+ — after being acquired by Apple last year. The Bluetooth speaker is just a wee bit larger than the Pill XL that was discontinued by the company due to fire hazard issue.
The Pill+ features a flattened bottom and top to make it more stable when placed on a table or desk. The volume and power controls have been moved to the top of the device for easier and quick access.
Internally, the Pill+ packs in two woofers, with a tweeter each located at the left and right ends of the speaker.
Sound – The Beats Pill+ is slightly larger than the original Beats Pill speaker, allowing for a bigger and fuller sound. The stereo active 2-way crossover system creates an optimized sound field for dynamic range and clarity across all genres of music. Tweeter and woofer separation uses the same acoustic mechanics found in professional recording studios around the world.
Design – With its clean and sophisticated design, Beats Pill+ speaker looks as good as it sounds. Compact and durable enough to throw in your bag, the Beats Pill+ is designed to go wherever you do. Convenient button controls are now at the top of the speaker so you can manage your music with ease.
Power management – The Beats Pill+ speaker has a 12-hour battery life to stay charged on the go. The lightning cable and power supply provide a quick full charge in just 3 hours. Keep track of your power levels with the fuel gauge so you always know how much battery is left and use the USB port to charge out.
At the rear, a full sized USB port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a Lightning port are located, though they are covered by a rubber flap. The lightning port is used to charge the device, while the USB port can be used to charge other devices.
Beats will also be releasing a new Beats app for iOS and Android that can be used to control the various aspects of the speaker. The app will contain a “DJ Mode” that will allow two people to simultaneously connect to the speaker and play their favorite tunes. Additionally, the app also makes it possible to combine two Pill+ speakers into one for louder and more dynamic sound.
In its press release, Apple also notes that Beats has shipped more than a million units of Beats Pill portable speakers worldwide since its launch in 2012.
The Beats Pill+ speaker will go on sale in November through Apple’s website and authorised resellers for $229.95.