The Solo3 headphones from Apple subsidiary Beats Electronics are the next step in Apple's master plan to turn every device in their product line into one big, interlocking network of devices, so that once you have a single Apple device you'll want to have every Apple device. The Solo3 is a pair of over-the-head and over-the-ear headphones, and as such they're solid products. What makes them different from other headphones, aside from having the trendy Beats name imprinted on them, is that they're designed to connect automatically with Apple's line of music-playing products, from the iPhone to the iPad to the Macintosh and even to the Apple Watch. Just wave the Solo3 in the vicinity of these products and they'll connect to it via Bluetooth, without any of the hassle normally associated with connecting headphones. In addition, the Solo3 has comfort-cushion ear cups and works with Fast Fuel, Apple's new five-minute charger that supplies the headphone batteries with three hours worth of power. Just gas up and go. (A longer charge gets you 40 hours of use.)
Henry David Thoreau, who wrote if "a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer," would have liked Apple, a company that's always traveled to the beat of a different drum, even if they have to buy it from the different drummer. In this instance, the drummer was the upscale headphone company Beats by Dre, acquired by Apple in 2014 and renamed Beats Electronics LLC. The folks at Apple believe in corporate ecosystems, the kind you buy into once and stay with because their products connect together like Legos in the hand of an obsessive eight-year-old. The Beats line of headphones is now locked into that ecosystem like a Lego Han Solo into his Lego Millenium Falcon.
In September 2016 Apple showed where the connectivity lies: in their custom W1 chip, which is what lets the Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones perform its instant connectivity trick with other Apple gadgets. The Solo3 is a successor to the Beats Solo2 and will work, not quite as seamlessly, with Bluetooth-enabled products that don't have Apple in their name. But that would just be wrong.
Can be paired to an iPhone by powering them up and holding them near an iPhone...will pair with your iPhone and simultaneously connect to your Apple Watch and Mac.
With Fast Fuel, a 5-minute charge gives you 3 hours of playback...The on-ear, cushioned ear cups are adjustable so you can customize your fit for all-day comfort.
Sleek, streamlined design that’s durable and foldable...Take calls, control your music and activate Siri with the multifunction on-ear controls.
The Solo 3 wireless come with the 360-degree pivoting ear cups, noise isolation and snug-fitting flexible headband.
The Solo3 on-ear headphones are W1-equipped versions of the Solo2.