This may not be welcome news for Apple’s fans. It appears that the AirPods, the tech giant’s stylish headphones for its latest flagship devices (the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus), will not be ready for release in time for the busy holiday shopping season. The same goes for the BeatsX headphones, too. There is still some talk that the AirPods will launch before the start of the new year, but in very limited stocks. As for the BeatsX headphones, prospective buyers may have to wait three months before they can purchase a pair. The AirPods were originally expected to be released a couple of months ago.
Tough luck for those who already bought either the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 7 Plus. Because Apple had designed its latest iPhone models without a headphone jack, the wireless AirPods and the BeatsX headphones would have been perfect complementary audio accessories for the company’s flagships. For now, owners of this year’s iPhone offerings may have to content themselves with using either a pair of wired headphones with an adapter dongle, or a pair of Bluetooth headphones.
The AirPods may have taken some flak over their potential proneness for getting misplaced, but they do have some cool features. Chief among them is an auto pairing functionality that makes full use of Apple’s own W1 processor to automatically pair the headphones with the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 7 Plus. The BeatsX headphones also have this same chip.
So what exactly is causing the launch delays? No one knows for sure, but according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal, it is quite possible that Apple is still busy resolving problems related to the battery giving up or how to prevent the AirPods from getting lost. Blogger John Gruber actually offers another interesting theory. He says that even though the distributed prototype of the AirPods work just fine, Apple is actually still trying to figure out how to scale the production to sell to end consumers. With regards to the BeatsX headphones, B&H Photo Video, an authorized reseller of Apple’s, has recently sent emails to consumers stating that the earpieces will not ship for at least two to three months. Interestingly, Apple’s website has the BeatsX headphones listed for release this fall. Realistically, they will probably start shipping by next spring at the soonest. In the meantime, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners will have to deal with the holidays sans the AirPods or BeatsX.
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