An update to Apple’s website confirms a Wednesday report that the delivery date for Apple’s upcoming AirPods wireless headphone has slipped from late October to a later date. Apple’s website now merely states the new earpods are “Coming Soon.” The Apple online store shows their availability as, “Currently unavailable.”
“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 on Wednesday. Apple didn’t specify the reason for the delay. Nor did they offer a new timeline for their release.
The new earpods are a premium wireless headphone solution, which are Bluetooth connected, and powered by Apple’s own in-house W1 chip that offers instant pairing with compatible Apple devices. The earbuds are completely wireless, with no cords connecting them to the device, or to each other.
Pre-production samples of the earbuds have been in the hands of reviewers since September, and have gotten generally good reviews.
For now, it appears Apple’s Powerbeats3 wireless earphones, which also features the W1 chip, will beat the AirPods to market. The earphones are now available to order from Apple’s online store, for early November delivery. They were announced at Apple’s September 7 iPhone event, alongside the AirPods.
Details for the reasons behind the AirPods delayed release have not been revealed. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.