According to a report recently released by Barclays, it appears that Apple is indeed already working on its new generation AirPods, and this time around, the latest models are said to come with noise cancelling capabilities (plus other enhancements).
According to a report recently published by Bloomberg, it seems that Apple has plans to launch new versions of its AirPods that come with some serious upgrades later this year, plus another refresh next year.
The iPhone maker is reportedly looking to introduce a next generation AirPods offering that makes full use of its latest addition to its W family of processors. The company had specifically designed its W chips not only to improve Bluetooth based connections between Apple devices, but also to better manage their capabilities.
When Apple had first made its iPhone X available for preordering back in October earlier this year, the device’s ship times had immediately extended to about five weeks or so. But it appears that shipping estimates have shortened significantly, with the tech giant’s US Apple Store website indicating free next day delivery, or even same day pick up. It should be noted, too, that the free next day delivery goes for all in-stock units that are bought before 3 PM local time this Friday, December 22nd.
Some may remember that back in December of last year, Apple had started to make its wireless AirPods available for ordering (for a price of $159). As listed in the tech giant’s official online store, the ship time indicated was six weeks. Fast forwarding to April of this year, the headphones are still listed with a ship time of six weeks, not only in the company’s online store, but also in other online retailers authorized by Apple, like Best Buy for instance.
Here is some good news for iOS mobile users, especially those who already own the headphone jack-less iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and are looking to get hold of wireless earphones -- Apple’s AirPods are made available to order from the tech giant’s Online Store. One can also purchase AirPods from Apple and Best Buy, with shipping dates expected some time next year.
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.
This should be welcome news to Apple fans. The tech giant’s might be releasing its wireless AirPods during the holiday shopping season after all -- at least, as suggested by an updated AirPod listing found in the website of Alza, an official Apple retailer based in the Czech Republic. The listing also mentioned an expected December ship date. Tech website Letem Svetem Applem was the first to get wind of the listing.
According to Apple, it needs a little more time in order to get its AirPod wireless headphones ready for general release. This means that we can not probably expect the headphones to become widely available within this month. As explained by a spokesperson for the iPhone maker, the initial demand for the AirPods has been remarkable (more on that later), and in order to meet that demand, the company will have to make sure that when the AirPods roll out, every interested customer will be able to purchase a pair.
Owners of iPhone devices apparently would rather buy Apple’s wireless headphones than go purchase the company’s smartwatch offering, at least according to a recent survey. Indeed, in conducting a poll in the United States, the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research found that 12 percent of those surveyed have plans to get Apple’s wireless AirPods, which cost $159. Taking this percentage into account, this could easily translate to up to $3 billion in sales for the iPhone maker, that is if these respondents make their plans come true.
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