Apple delays AirPods launch, says it needs more time

By Shawn Knight · 23 replies
Oct 27, 2016
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  1. AirPods, the wireless audio solution that Apple hopes will make iPhone 7 users forget all about that missing 3.5mm headphone jack, have been delayed.

    Apple issued a statement to various media stating that the early response to AirPods has been incredible. Because the company doesn’t believe in shipping a product before it is ready, however, they still need a little more time before they’re ready for customers.

    The Cupertino-based company didn’t provide a timeline as to when they will be ready for retail nor did it specify the nature of the delay.

    As Digital Trends points out, several tech publications were granted early access to pre-production review units and although there were some minor issues found, there was no universal fault that would explain a global delay. One journalist did, however, note that his were starting to separate at a seam.

    The new W1 chip inside the AirPods probably isn’t to blame either as Beats-branded headphones using the chip are readily available. Shortages in the supply chain can also likely be ruled out as low initial inventory hasn’t kept other Apple products sidelined.

    Given that Apple has already announced the delay, we’re unlikely to hear anything about it during the Mac media event. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Apple’s AirPods will retail for $159 whenever they do arrive.

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  2. So let me get this right...They removed the headphone jack because they'll have the airpods...but they don't have the airpods and they don't have the headphone jack??
    ...but I guess they can sell more attachments!!

    ahhh the irony!
  3. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 414   +186

    3rd party Apple vendors are cashing out on this [screw up] product delay. Removing this port was completely pointless. Things should change for sake of innovation, not to just create another means of increasing revenue in the ecosystem.
    Puiu likes this.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Maybe they need more time because they're concerned they may blow up in the wearers ears following the Samsung shenanigans... if the battery supplier happens to be Samsung SDI.
    alabama man likes this.
  5. Wendy Oltman

    Wendy Oltman TS Booster Posts: 129   +16

    Apple's innovation sadly went with the untimely passing of Steve Jobs. Since Jobs passed there has been almost no innovation from Apple, apart from the pressure sensitive touch screen which I believe was the first new 'innovation' from Apple following the passing of Jobs. It proved so popular and innovative that literally no one has decided to copy it.
    SirChocula and alabama man like this.
  6. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,335   +843

    This story we heard like a million times and Jobs didn't innovate ****.
    stewi0001, hopgop1 and alabama man like this.
  7. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    Hater's gonna hate.
  8. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,654   +1,093

    "the early response to AirPods has been incredible"
    pfff hahahahahaha
  9. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 440   +223

    Or maybe its pointless..
    Nobina likes this.
  10. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    "Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Apple’s AirPods will retail for $159 whenever they do arrive." and good luck finding them if you ever drop them!

    Oh I know, let's sell another accessory that holds the AirPods together and connects them to your phone.... Hmmm what should we call this...? AirWire! for the low price of $50
    coolazeem and Arris like this.
  11. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Maniac Posts: 212   +123

    Apple should create the surgically implanted AirSkull, powered by the cells energy from the body.
    Hire me as Jobs successor Apple.
  12. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 286   +92

    Just like how Apple not copying anything out there, sheesh.
  13. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 286   +92

    Powered by Samsung's batteries...
  14. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,306   +1,401

    They're probably having a hard time fitting a battery, DAC and receiver into each ear.

    They should have released the air pods last generation alongside the 3.5mm.
  15. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Pretty typical... In a massive rush to seem "innovative" by unilaterally deciding that industry standards need to be thrown out and all should bend to the will of Apple... And then they're not even ready to supply the innovation once they have forced the change. I believe this is known as "putting the cart before the horse"

    From the same brilliant minds that decided to change everything on the new Macbook Pro and guarantee that iPhone 7 users can't just connect their phone to the new MBP without needing an adapter...
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2016
  16. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,566   +713

    Wow... I love that all the haters come out just on an announcement that a product has been delayed...There are plenty of wireless headphones already on the market, no need to fret... and there's a handy dongle that comes with your iPhone 7 if you MUST use your old wired ones... Can we get some more whine with that cheese?
  17. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    Now you can't listen to all those stolen songs.
  18. Wendy Oltman

    Wendy Oltman TS Booster Posts: 129   +16

    Not exactly copying I'd say, but yeah lack of innovation on Apple's part has been it lately.
  19. Wendy Oltman

    Wendy Oltman TS Booster Posts: 129   +16

    Well what degree of innovation we have witnessed in the smartphone industry in his era can not be denied. He set the example for Samsung and subsequent brands like Huawei and now even Google.
  20. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Maniac Posts: 212   +123

    Apple and many other innovating tech companies have to take into account that their new products being successful depend on the purchasing power of the middle class. But it's getting poorer and poorer, because we have let the richest people and the bankers control the worlds economy. In a world where the top 1% richest people own more than half of world's wealth, only the best and most useful products will succeed. That's how stupid the world economy has become. Its complete failure is yet to come and can't be avoided. Prepare yourself for the worst crash ever when the 1% will own more than 75% of the world's wealth.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2016
  21. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,335   +843

    I guess I'm not into in enough. Can you please tell me what innovation is that?
  22. Wendy Oltman

    Wendy Oltman TS Booster Posts: 129   +16

    Apple has always been the market leader when it comes to smartphone technology. Like it was the pioneer in producing the sleekest and light smartphones in the industry.
  23. Wow! that's like some awesome innovations you mentioned right there! /s
  24. Wendy Oltman

    Wendy Oltman TS Booster Posts: 129   +16

    So before Jobs where were the smartphones? :p

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