Apple delays AirPods launch, says it needs more timeBy Shawn Knight 23 comments
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.