If Microsoft’s new Surface Earbuds were on your holiday wish list, you’ll either need to find an alternative solution or play the waiting game.
Surface hardware boss Panos Panay recently revealed on Twitter that the Surface Earbuds will now launch worldwide in the spring of 2020. Priced at $249, the wireless earbuds were expected to arrive in time for the holidays.
Panay said that product-making is about the relentless pursuit to get all the details right, which takes time. In this instance, it is taking more time than anticipated, hence the delay.
Manufacturing issues aren’t all that uncommon but either way you slice it, this is a missed opportunity for Microsoft. There’s no better time to launch a new tech product than the holidays and Microsoft is going to miss out on that potential revenue.
Of course, Microsoft isn’t the only wireless earbud maker that’ll miss the holidays. Google’s new Pixel Buds, announced back in October, also won’t be arriving until next spring. Meanwhile, Amazon and Apple announced new earbuds in September and October, respectively, and both are already on sale for $129.99 and $249.99, respectively.