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.
It might be safe to say that Samsung had a pretty good 2017. The release of its flagship devices -- the Galaxy S8 models and the Galaxy Note 8 -- saw the world’s biggest vendor of smartphones finally move on from the Galaxy Note 7 mess it had to endure during the previous year. And even if the Galaxy Note 7 recall did not happen, the South Korean tech giant’s newest additions to its Galaxy lineup of handsets are still awesome products in their own right, as any owner can surely attest.
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.
The newest Pixel smartphones -- the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL -- are grabbing all the headlines in the last few hours right now, and rightfully so because quite frankly, Google may have just unveiled two of the best Android powered mobile devices this year. But apart from these two handsets, the tech giant also actually announced other cool new gadgets, including a pair of wireless headphones to go with the next generation Pixels -- the Pixel Buds.
There is talk that the new upcoming Pixel device this year could get rid of the familiar 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. The basis of this rumor is a post in the comments section of 9to5Google, but it is worth noting that tech site did clarify that it has not been able to confirm yet if its source (there is only one) has enough basis to claim so.
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.
The year 2016 saw mobile giants such as Apple and Motorola decide on doing away with the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack in their respective high profile smartphone releases. Is the world’s biggest seller of smartphones also doing the same in the near future? The answer to that question seems to be in the affirmative, at least according to SamMobile’s sources.
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.
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