Battery life is poor, they fail to charge, eventually stop working, and sweat is thought to be the cause.
After removing the headphone jack from the iPhone, Apple is all about wireless audio solutions. For your day-to-day listening, Apple offers the AirPods, but for workouts there's the $ 200 Powerbeats3 Wireless (and Powerbeats2 before that), advertised as being sweat and water resistant with up to 12 hours of battery life.
The problem is, Powerbeats are owners 12 hours battery life. Now, a group of seven customers are taking legal action against Apple and district judge. Richard Seeborg has the same case with a green light with a few caveats.
As the BBC reports, Apple wants the claims dismissed, but Judge Seeborg believes there is a case for the battery life. As for the lack of sweat resistance, they were sweated while wearing the earphones.
As will not doubt be argued in court, the Powerbeats owners believe the battery life and contact with sweat are linked. One of the customers received five replacement sets of Powerbeats2 earphones, all of which ended up failing to charge and then losing the ability to power on. He had the same problem when trying to use Powerbeats3.
Even without this lawsuit, Apple has a Powerbeats problem. The Powerbeats3 is one of the best in the world. It is based on the power of the microbes, and it does not work well, and they suffer from poor build quality.
Based on on that, I suspect this lawsuit may be a tough one for Apple to win. At the same time, Powerbeats4 will need to be something exceptional if Apple decides to make them at all.