The Apple AirPods are still coming this year, claim sources

The Apple AirPods are still coming this year, claim sources
Apple came out swinging during the iPhone 7 launch event, announcing what is probably the best set of truly wireless earbuds out there in terms of price/value ratio - the AirPods. The funky looking gizmos can run for 5 hours on a charge, and go for $159, while comparable buds like Samsung's IconX go for more but only last 2-3 hours, or last similarly, but cost $300.

So far so good, the AirPods sound great on paper, but the problem is you just can't grab those things yet. In a not-so-typical fashion, Apple announced them, but said they will launch some time in October. Well, Halloween came and went, but the AirPods are still playing ghost, while Apple issued a statement that the launch will be delayed because "we don’t believe in shipping a product before it’s ready."

That's boilerplate PR talk for "something was not right and will take some time to fix," but yesterday a rumor emerged that the AirPods might be greatly delayed for January 2017. Apparently, that won't be the case, tip insiders, and Apple is still on track to launch them this year. Moreover, according to one retail source, "We're ready to go any time. We've got a few pairs for customer demonstration that we're just waiting on the word to start with.

Now, whether this means that the launch will happen next week, or on Christmas, is anyone's guess at this point, so if you are in the market for truly wireless buds, check out some of the best AirPods alternatives we've outlined for you below.

source: AppleInsider

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14 Comments

1. syam7863

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

The best truely wireless? Bs, pure bs PA. Are you guys drunk on apple cider while writing the article (pun intended)

2. syam7863

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

*were

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also how are they comparable with Samsung's IconX? Samsung's IconX has a heart rate monitor, 4GB of internal memory and can work without a phone

6. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

And can explode in your ears!!!!!

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Same with the AirPods!! Or anything with a battery

7. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You missed their MASSIVE negative- 1 hour battery. That essentially makes them a very expensive MP3 player.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7425; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If the music is loaded on Samsung's ear buds, then the battery will last 2 times longer. Especially when it doesn't have to stream over a wireless connection. Something that Apples cannot do. Also Apples doesn't do any kind of fitness tracking. Samsung's do just that fitness tracking. Not to mention Samsung's are more discreet than Apples earrings, sorry AirPods.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7425; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Also there are a lot of other wireless ear buds on the market that do a lot more than Apples AirPods. All of which are much more discreet than Apple's AirHead's, Earrings, I mean Apples AirPods. Many offer CD or HD sound over Apples version. Battery life is one thing, sound quality is another. Plus all the extra features that Apples AirPods are missing in comparison to many others.

4. FluffyBled unregistered

Calling something "probably the best" when you know nothing about them ... pure bias. A video about Journalism from John Oliver comes to mind while reading that!

8. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Agree with you on the John Oliver part.

5. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

My money is ready for this outstanding design and innovation.

11. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Innovation LMAO

12. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Samsungs are innovation. Yeah I agree they need to work on making the battery last longer. They look why better and do way more then those ugly things hanging out of your ear.

13. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Please don't ask Samsung to work on batteries!!!!!!!!

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