Apple AirPods won't be coming out in October as originally promised. The company confirmed that the release of the new AirPods has been postponed.
The first release of the Apple AirPods is during the launch of the smartphones iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in early September. Apple also claimed, on that event day, that they wireless version of the EarPods would go on sale in late October.
"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 delay comes on the eve of Apple’s scheduled Thursday event for its updated Mac computer line when the AirPods’ availability also was expected to be announced.
According to the report from Bloomberg, the delay of the AirPods is the first hardware-related postponement in more than five years from Apple. A version of the iPhone 4 in the color white was announced in June 2010 but didn’t ship to customers until April 2011 because of a production problem. On the software side, Apple delayed the release of iTunes 11 in 2012 by a month to fix bugs.
Reviews of pre-production models of the AirPods suggested the device needed fine-tuning. "During my testing, one of the AirPods had trouble holding a charge, so Apple swapped it out," Walt Mossberg, of the technology website The Verge, wrote in September. "The $159 AirPods only give you five hours of music listening time and two hours of talk time between charges, though they come in a handy little white case that provides 24 hours of additional juice, " Mossberg added. Other reviewers noticed problems with music playback, a key feature of the AirPods.
Macworld said that it seems may have been too ambitious with the Apple AirPods and all its new wireless features and technology. Or, at least too ambitious given the original timeline.
Let us just wait for further announcement of Apple. Let us hope that they will release the next batch of this wireless device soon!