(Pocket-lint) - Apple received approval from the Federal Communications Commission for a pair of wireless earbuds, which are assumed to be the Powerbeats 4.

The recent filing shows earbuds that look a lot like the $199 Powerbeats 3, down to the wings and connecting cable. They have the model number A2015 and are described as "Power Beats Wireless" in the US regulatory documents.

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Keep in mind, in December, Apple released the iOS 13.3 update, in which strings of code were spotted and seemed to suggest Powerbeats 4 would arrive soon with the ability to talk to Siri simply using the "Hey Siri" wake phrase. At the time, reports speculated the Powerbeats 4 were imminent and would likely feature Apple’s proprietary H1 chip for seamless connectivity with different devices.

With Apple’s H1 chip, the Powerbeats 4 would most likely also support the “Announce Messages with Siri” feature, which allows Siri to read messages aloud without you unlocking your iPhone. Apple already sells the $249 Powerbeats Pro with “Hey Siri” support. But, if you add it all up, the Powerbeats 4 will likely end up cheaper than the Powerbeats Pros. 

It's unclear when Powerbeats 4 will arrive. FCC filings usually precede official product announcements by mere weeks or months, however, and Apple is rumoured to be prepping a hardware launch event for around mid-March - if coronavirus concerns don't interfere.

Writing by Maggie Tillman.