APPLE HAS DELAYED the release of its wireless AirPods presumably because it's put them down somewhere and now can't find them.
Apple's AirPods were set to go on sale in October, but the firm has admitted that its self-branded Bluetooth earbuds are not yet ready for release.
In a statement given to TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperson confirmed: "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."
The firm hasn't revealed the cause of the last-minute delay, so it's unclear whether the problems are to blame on the AirPods' hardware or software, nor has it revealed when they likely will go on sale.
The cable-free earbuds are the first to feature Apple’s new proprietary W1 chip, that makes for almost instantaneous pairing with Apple devices and knows both when the AirPods are in your ear and when you start using a different Apple device.
Apple also claims this new chip offers greater range than rival products, and a more reliable connection.
While some Beats headphones currently shipping offer these features, they lack the AirPods' Siri integration, which can be activated by tapping on them. They also don't come with Apple's fancy charging box type thing that gives you an extra 24 hours of battery life.
While this is all well and good, Apple's AirPods' haven't had an easy ride until now and have been mocked for their toothbrush head-like appearance, hefty price tag and the likelihood that they will be easily lost down the back of the sofa/bus/gullet.
The description reads: "Designed for all users. Ideal to never lose your Apple AirPods. Keep it in place around your neck, in your pocket, or anywhere you can hang a strap." µ
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