Apple officially announced that the AirPods would not find their way to customers within the initial launch window. At the same time, Apple did not mention when the AirPods would eventually launch, instead saying that the company was working on the earphones to make sure they were ready for consumers.
Now we have got a disappointing news for anyone who has been waiting for the AirPods’ release, as according to a report by Taiwanese publication DigiTimes their release may have been delayed until January 2017. The report is sourced through Apple’s AirPods supplier Inventec, which thanks to Apple’s AirPods order is expecting to achieve an impressive growth of 7 percent in 2017. According to the report Inventec is expected to start AirPods shipment in January of next year.
The connection between Inventec and AirPods first came in a report by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in September. Apple then announced the device during its September 7 iPhone 7 event, where it confirmed the headphones have up to 5 hours of music playback and high-quality sound through a “seamless and automatic connection” between devices, as well as a battery case that includes up to 24 hours of charge.
However if the report about their January release is true it would be interesting to know why is it taking Apple so long to release a product that was expected to be ready in October. Even though we are excited about the release of Apple’s ‘magical’ AirPods, we are kind of relieved too to see Apple delaying the product instead of releasing it in a state that is not ready for customers.
Whenever AirPods are released they will be available as a separate purchase. A pair of AirPods will cost $160.