Beats by Dre teases new Beats Pill speaker with LeBron James — here's what we know

Beats Pill speaker shown in Beats by Dre X teaser. Lebron Jame's finger turns up the volume on the speaker
(Image credit: Beats by Dre)

Apple and Beats by Dre have finally confirmed a new Beats Pill speaker with a teaser video shared on X. The teaser lists a June 25 date, which we'll have to assume is when the Beats Pill speaker will arrive.

Rumors surrounding the previously discontinued Bluetooth speaker started gaining steam in the last couple of months. It was all sparked by the appearance of a new Beats speaker carried by LeBron James before a playoff game back in April. Later, the speaker was seen with F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo. 

The first images of the speaker were actually spotted hidden in the iOS 17.5 beta. That leak suggested that new speaker will come in red, gold or black.

The latest teaser from Beats didn't feature any specs but a number of details were found in FCC listings on the regulatory body's website

We haven't seen a Beats Pill speaker since 2022 when the Beats Pill+ was released. The 2024 version is supposed to feature double the battery life of that speaker at an estimated 24 hours. 

Despite a lighter weight of 1.5 pounds, the newer Pill should be bigger than the 2022 version at 8.6 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches. Beats Pill 2024 replaces the old USB-A and Apple lightning ports with at least one USB-C charging in and out port. It should also feature Find My Device integration. The last two upgrades are ones that Apple has been integrating into most of the company's devices.

One small feature that wasn't shown in the teaser but that we saw in LeBron James' earlier leak is the addition of a lanyard, something the Pill+ did not have. It's honestly a nice feature for a portable speaker and kind of surprising that one wasn't featured in previous models.

Since 2022, competitors like Sony and Bose have released cheaper, excellent portable Bluetooth speakers in the ULT Field 1 and the SoundLink Flex. It'll be interesting if Beats lowers the $230 release price of the Pill+ to meet its competitors. Otherwise, it'll be in the range of the recently announced SoundLink Max from Bose which costs $399 but sounds great and looks great.

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Scott Younker
West Coast Reporter

Scott Younker is the West Coast Reporter at Tom’s Guide. He covers all the lastest tech news. He’s been involved in tech since 2011 at various outlets and is on an ongoing hunt to build the easiest to use home media system. When not writing about the latest devices, you are more than welcome to discuss board games or disc golf with him.