Apple AirPods: The shipments could be delayed to January 2017, claim reports. (Source: AP)
Apple’s AirPods, the wireless headphones which were showcased at the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, are yet to hit the stores. In India, the AirPods will be priced at Rs 15,400, but there’s no word on when these are officially launching in the country. Now it appears the shipments are delayed further in the US, and according to some reports, the AirPods are looking at a January 2017 timeline for shipping.
According to a report in Economic News Daily, which is quoted by DigiTimes, Inventec which is the manufacturer for Apple’s AirPods, is expected to see a boost in revenue around the January period over Apple’s AirPods order. The report says Inventec’s revenues will rise 7 per cent on year and it cites market sources for these numbers.
In an official statement to TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperon also confirmed a delay in the shipments, saying the response for AirPods has been ‘incredible’, but they 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.”
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However, another report in AppleInsider claims while Apple has missed the October deadline for shipments, there won’t be any delay to January. According to the report, an Apple retail source confirmed to the website they have demo pairs ready and are waiting for the “word to start.” The report says the AirPods should go on sale soon and there won’t be a January delay.
Apple’s AirPods are not the only ones facing a shipment delay. In India, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus seems to be unavailable in most offline retail stores as well as online.
With AirPods, Apple has taken its first step in wireless headphones. Apple killed the 3.5 mm headphone jack, and the AirPods are a new way of connecting to the device. The pods come in a really small charging case, and Apple claims they have 24 hour battery life.
Apple’s AirPods work as a pair when you put them in your ears and start pairing with all iOS devices through iCloud once they are out of the charging box. Apple’s AirPods will also connect with Siri by double tapping on one of the pods. Sensors on the AirPods know when you are listening to music and will automatically play or pause your music. The AirPods are powered by Apple’s new ultra-low power W1 chip.