Apple delays the release of AirPods

Apple delays the release of AirPods
Bad news for customers who wanted to get their hands on Apple's new wireless AirPods to use with their shiny new iPhones. Apple has officially said that the AirPods are not going to be shipping on time and will be delayed in getting to people. Unfortunately, Apple hasn't really explained why there has been a delay.

The only statement Apple is giving on the matter is: 


Apple had originally planned on having the AirPods go on sale in October, but there are unknown issues delaying that. Those who had pre-production models for testing had noted various issues with battery life and physical problems, but there's no knowing why Apple has chosen to push back the release of the AirPods. 

Maybe Apple will explain more tomorrow at the Mac event, but we wouldn't bet on it. So, until Apple says more, customers will have to wait longer to drop $160 on wireless earbuds. 

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51 Comments

1. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I want Beats X!!

13. Foxgabanna

Posts: 587; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

YES. Those are awesome.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

These AirPods are for airheads, girls only, or die hard Apple Zealots. They look so stupid. I am a guy, and I would rather be caught dead wearing big hoop earrings that women wear, than those stupid AirPods. What were Apples designers thinking? Plus they cost too much for something that has only okay sound. Give me a break.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So you've used them and know how they sound?

41. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

They are earpods with a different DAC and no wires. Apple mentioned no changes to drivers or housing design when talking up all of the "innovations" in the Airpods. Earpods sound OK for free headphones packaged with a phone. When compared to other $160 headphones, they sound like sh!t!!. The drivers and housing are the biggest contributing factors to Earpods sh!tty sound.

37. Foxgabanna

Posts: 587; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

So in others words you've never tried them, and also feel the need to tell us that you would like to become a transsexual? -Awesome

39. AlikMalix unregistered

Dude, this is all part of the design. - no one is forcing you to use them (but if you like to look like a "pretty girl from the ghetto" that's your problem). The idea behind theses designs is to make it look like Apple took regular EarPods and cut the cords off - that's it! Which is quite clever by design standards. (I bet there will be videos made on YouTube "how to make your own AirPods for free" just by cutting the cords - obviously a parody). I mean, Apple took basic EarPods and fit all that tech into the same design/space (that's not much of innovation - but definitely notable design choice. Apple is all about familiarity - obviously they didn't have to keep the same design - but it was something they wanted to do - and the did it! Should we all be sorry for your insecurity about apples design? Why does it bother you? I'd question your own psychological state rather apples design choice! FFS, buy something else then. What a damn troll.

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

A wise decision. Better to delay and launch a perfect product than rush and have to scramble to cover your bases.

50. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Eh, the units are likely already produced just saying.

3. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Maybe they realised they are awful

4. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

yeah. don't rush. see what happened to shamesung

5. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It doesn't take an Apple hater to know that these things look fugly/silly and probably wont sound nowhere as good as its price suggest, and that considering the other tech inside it.

12. Unordinary unregistered

Theyre the same thing as the #1 used headphones in the world lmfao, without a cord. Say no to fanboys. As good as its price suggests? Samsungs truly wireless pods are more expensive, with half as many features

14. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"the #1 used headphones in the world" Because they're pre bundled with the best selling flagship phone in the world of course. Samsung's? Meh, don't really care about those, why even bring them up?

19. aegislash

Posts: 1476; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

As a Samsung *fanboy* who owns a pair of Gear IconX earbuds, I can confirm that they are absolute garbage for the most part. Atrocious battery life, constantly losing sound in one earbud or the other, etc. At least Apple is actually willing to put their AirPods on hold until they perfect them, instead of rushing out a half-assed product.

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly when you guys like to compare things to others. Then it's clear who the fanboys are, or I should say who the Apple Zealots are, because they like to compare others with lies and never represent the actual facts. First of all Samsung's icon X earbuds are discreet compared to Apples AirHead, sorry AirPods. If I wanted to have something sticking out of my head to advertise Apple, then I could wear Apple earrings instead. But I am man, and I would rather be caught dead wearing girls underwear, than go out in public wearing Apples white earrings. Second Samsung's sound is superior, plus it does fitness tracking including heart rate monitor. Plus you can load up to 4 GB of music on them. They will last 3 hours with music loaded on them. They will only last an hour and a half if you stream to them. Besides Samsung's there is many others that offer more functionality than Apples. Like the Dash Bragi with fitness tracking, Motorola's Verve One with CD quality (HD sound), Apollo 7 with fitness tracking as well. There are others as well. But Apples offer nothing but tap touch and naturally audio, but it's not even CD or HD sound, and there is no fitness tracking, plus if you use another platform, then the Siri voice doesn't work and the tap touch input doesn't work for other platforms. So for $160 that Apple is asking. Then it's really not worth the money to go around advertising, and looking like an idiot for Apple.

30. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Speaking of "looking like an idiot for Apple.", we have Mxy and Unordinary. I don't know why they can't be regular Apple fans just like the others.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The guy doesn't understand logic. He's a lost cause.

24. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

As I told you, don't describe yourself too much.

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Aka, Mxy just made me look stupid.

36. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Well done, spoken like a true 12 year old keyboard warrior.

17. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Half as many your ass. Say a lot about the Gear IconX, and its medicore battery life, but it comes with more features. Health tracking, music storage and many more among them, for only $40 more.

21. Unordinary unregistered

Cant use features when it dies in 4 minutes. Ill take my future AirPods 23 hour battery life over that anyday

25. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Just like the Apple watch compared to the competition, more features but less battery life.

43. Unordinary unregistered

Good thing I dont have an apple watch ya tard hahahha Biggest fanboy around. Wake up

44. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

What part did I say that you have an Apple watch? I only stated a fact. Ironically you called me tard, while you're the one tardin' LOL. Yes I'm a die hard fanboy of TECH, unlike you specific brand fanboy.

45. Unordinary unregistered

The fact that you have to resort to a completely different product when we are talking about truly wireless ear buds lolololololzzzz Good one ya tard hahaha

47. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You do it in other articles, hypocrite much? LOLOLOLOL Keep tardin'

51. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Adding 'haha' and 'lol' combinations after your sentences makes it a bit hard to take you serious, especially with your accusations, makes you look like exactly what you are accusing others of being? just fyi.

29. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wtf are you smoking. Apple AirPods last only a maximum of 5 hours, period. Some reviewers said that it lasted 4.5 hours. So the proof will be when they arrive. Also AirPods are in no way discreet when compared to others that are on the market. Apples look like electronic toothbrush ends hanging out of your ears. If you don't care about looks, then you wear them.

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