Apple delays AirPods launch, needs ‘a little more time’


Apple released the iPhone 7 last month, and as many had been expecting, it was the first iPhone not to feature a headphone jack. Not coincidentally, Apple also unveiled a new pair of wireless in-ears, dubbed the AirPods. These were originally set to ship this month, but that is no longer the case, as the company has delayed the launch of its new true wireless headphones, saying it needs a little more time.

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“The early response to AirPods has been incredible. We don’t believe in shipping a product before it’s ready, and we need a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch.

As is generally the case with the company, Apple didn’t say what the issue behind the delay was, or whether it was a hardware or software problem. Multiple outlets have had time with prerelease versions of the AirPods, and while some of the minor issues often found in early versions were present, none are reporting any major issues.

One thing that likely isn’t the cause of the delay is the new W1 chip that was announced alongside the AirPods, and is what powers the long-lasting battery life touted by Apple. The Beats Solo3 and Powerbeats3 — both of which use the W1 chip — have managed to ship on time.

While the Powerbeats3 only launched this week, the Solo3 have been in the wild for around a month, and it seems that no major issues have been announced. That said, both of the recent Beats products are updates to previous models, while this is the first time out for Apple-branded wireless headphones.

Apple has yet to to announce a new shipping date for the AirPods, though it is possible that the company will have more to say at its “Hello Again” event on Thursday.

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