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Apple prepares AirPod owners for the future by delaying shipping for weeks

October 26th, 2016 at 4:04 PM
AirPods Release Date

With Apple steadily inching towards a future where wires are superfluous, the company in early September announced a new pair of wireless headphones called AirPods. For anyone bemoaning the demise of the 3.5mm headphone jack or wired technology in general, AirPods represent Apple’s high-tech solution to such complaints.

Priced at $159, Apple’s AirPods were initially slated to launch sometime in late October. That said, Apple observers were expecting the company to fill us in on the launch details during tomorrow’s Mac-themed media event. But as it turns out, anyone who was planning to get their hands on Apple’s AirPods this month will have to wait a little bit longer.

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Earlier today, Apple confirmed via a statement to TechCrunch that the AirPods launch is being delayed so that Apple can work out a few kinks.

“The early response to AirPods has been incredible,” an Apple spokesperson said. “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.”

All in all, this is a pretty big bummer. I wasn’t planning on purchasing a pair but I was eager to try them out and see what the hype was about. Additionally, Apple’s AirPods are jam packed with all sorts of interesting and advanced technologies. As a quick example, each AirPod comes with an optical sensor that will only allow audio playback when the device is properly positioned in one’s ear. What’s more, a built-in accelerometer can detect when a user is speaking and, in turn, can filter out external noise focus more closely on transmitting the sound of the wearer’s voice.

At the very least, hopefully Apple will provide some sort of launch update tomorrow during its special Mac event.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.

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