Re­lease of AirPods post­poned un­til next year

The AirPods were meant to hit stores in Oc­to­ber, but that’s not go­ing to hap­pen. Os­car Ray­mundo re­ports

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Ap­ple has con­firmed that the re­lease of the new AirPods has been post­poned, though it didn’t di­vulge a new re­lease date or any other specifics as to what caused the de­lay. Ap­ple first an­nounced the £159 AirPods dur­ing its iPhone 7 even in early Septem­ber, and claimed that they truly-wire­less ver­sion of the EarPods would go on sale in late Oc­to­ber. It’s now look­ing as though we’ll have to wait un­til early next year be­fore we can get our hands on them.

“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.

The AirPods have a first-of-its-kind W1 chip for im­proved wire­less con­nec­tion, bet­ter bat­tery life, and mak­ing it pos­si­ble to au­to­mat­i­cally pair to a nearby iOS de­vice. Ap­ple’s truly-wire­less head­phones also in­cor­po­rate spe­cial sen­sors to de­tect when they’re in your ears. Ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple, the fully-charged AirPods last for about five hours of play­back, and their car­ry­ing case can recharge them up to five times.

Dur­ing the iPhone 7 event, the AirPods took the spot­light. Susie Ochs, our col­league at Mac­world US found the AirPods to be sur­pris­ingly awe­some. They stayed put in her ears even af­ter con­sid­er­able head-bang­ing, and boasted im­pres­sive sound.

Now, it seems Ap­ple may have been too am­bi­tious with the AirPods and all its new wire­less fea­tures and tech­nol­ogy. Or, at least too am­bi­tious given the orig­i­nal time­line. It makes sense that Ap­ple would want to take the time to per­fect the AirPods and get its tech­nol­ogy right. They may help pave the way for Ap­ple’s fu­ture as a truly-wire­less prod­uct maker.

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