BeatsX - the other wireless earbuds with Apple's W1 chip - is facing a 2-3 month delay

BeatsX - the other wireless earbuds with Apple's W1 chip - is facing a 2-3 month delay
Apple, a company that's usually on top of things when it comes to announcing products, quickly making them available for purchase, and then shipping them out promptly, has been facing quite a bit of trouble with their forthcoming AirPods. The AirPods were first announced at Apple's September press event, and while they've been present on the company's website ever since, they're still unavailable for pre-order and feature a status of "Currently unavailable." We've been waiting and waiting for AirPods to finally go on sale ever since their announcement about three months ago at this point, but it now looks like Apple's AirPods aren't the only W1-powered wireless earbuds to be facing shipping delays.

AppleInsider recently reported that a reader of their's sent them a screenshot of an order they placed for the upcoming BeatsX wireless earbuds. The order for the earbuds were placed through B&H, and the person that ordered them received an email saying that "We regret to inform you that the manufacturer has informed us that they still do not know when they will begin shipping this item." In addition to this, the email also went on to say that it will be "at least 2-3 months" before the BeatsX earbuds finally start shipping out.

Back in November, B&H had claimed that the new BeatsX would begin shipping in December, but that claim looks to now be worthless. A delay of 2-3 months means that BeatsX won't be getting into customer's hands until February or March, resulting in an event that could really hurt sales for the holiday season. The PowerBeats 3, another pair of wireless headphones that also feature the W1 chip, are currently shipping, so you aren't entirely out of options if you were hoping to score a pair of W1-equipped headphones before that year was over.

The W1 chip that's in the AirPods, BeatsX, and PowerBeats 3 is actually quite impressive. The new silicon is able to provide an extremely tight integration to the headphones or earbuds it's in and the iOS device that it's connected to, resulting in much stronger wireless connection and overall improved sound quality. Seeing as how both the BeatsX and AirPods are facing rather large delays in shipping, could this be a result of trouble that Apple is having with their new chipset? That looks to be a strong possibility at this point, so here's to hoping that Apple and Beats and get these issues resolved sooner rather than later.

source: AppleInsider



1. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I would just settle for Bluetooth to work better. Flip the quick toggle and connect actually. Instead of flip it then go to settings and tell it to connect. Let's take the jank out of Bluetooth or replace it with something better.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6043; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Is this comment a copy/paste from a previous article pertaining to Bluetooth sometime last week? I swear I've already read it... I have no issues with Bluetooth devices. Beyond the initial pairing, they always sync when powered on. No frustration whatsoever. I am looking forward to Bluetooth 5.0 with the improved data transfers and range.

11. romeo1

Posts: 825; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

You should try headsets with nfc. You just touch the devices and press ok the first time. After that just a touch is enough.

3. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Still waiting on the airpods. I cant believe its been so hard to find a set of wireless earbuds that still let you hear outside sound (for work and at home with the kids). Aside from that, I love the fact that airpods automatically sync with every apple device in the house.

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, if they could just release them and prove that it can, that would be nice. Clearly, something major isn't working and since it is all W1 chip based devices, it is likely the "quite impressive" W1 chip that isn't working. Apple talked a lot of BS for the iPhone 7 announcement, but they haven't delivered a damn thing. No new wireless headphones, but 3.5 jack is gone. No decent portrait mode feature (still in beta and pretty bad) but they added a glorified zoom camera. The rest of the phone is pretty much the iPhone 6s with a slower 32GB SSD in the low end model. Can't believe people still fall for the marketing fluff.

5. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Da fuq Apple!!! I was really looking forward to the Airpods, and now a delay on ANOTHER product?!?!?!? This is inexcusable and someone or more than one person needs to be fired for such a massive screwup.

6. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I'd be asking for a refund. You can go on Amazon or eBay and buy another decent pair wireless headset and receive it before Christmas

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wow. You? Saying something bad about Apple? How come if someone else does it, they are a troll or hater? I do agree this is bad. But I am betting the issue is because whatever features they are trying to add, isn't coming together so seamlessly as it does on paper. Apple jumping into 2 new product categories, have both not went as smoothly as planned. First the Watch and now this. I wonder how another company pulled off having the feature sin its product so easily? I think it is a good idea, not to announcing the coming of a product, until you are sure its completed, in production and without possible headaches.

8. Tizo101

Posts: 644; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

the truth is... very soon you Apple guys won't be able to use any other bluetooth headsets except for Apple's own. The climax of human stupidity.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Shhhhhhhh! Common sense and facts, don't work well with the illiterate and stupid. having said that, any manufacturer can experience delays. Its probably not apple fault. After all, they don't make anything. They are at the mercy of whoever they chose to make the product. I am willing to think that the features of the AirPods have turned out to be more complicated to achieve then Apple thought. I mean, it was in fact the same issue with the Apple Watch delays. They ended up scrapping half of the features before it finally shipped. Ideas are always good on paper, but execution is harder. Especially in this case. Apple had no experience with watches or headphone sin general. Just add this to the list of things money just can't buy, no matter how much of it you have.

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