No AirPods in 2016
Ever since the delay of AirPods by Apple of the initial October time frame, conflicting reports have emerged. Just recently an employee at Apple reseller Conrad reportedly told a customer it will be available at the store by 17 November. This story became viral it was posted on a German tech site Apfelpage.de .
The Initial Delay Came With A Statement:
“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”
Investment bank Barclays published a new report stating that the AirPods will go into production, this December:
“We did hear that the AirPods should finally start production in December. But units are fairly small at 10-15M to start,” Barclays researcher Blayne Curtis and his team wrote in a note distributed to clients on Friday.
The note also says that the initial production run could only top out at 15 million pairs of the wireless earphones, which is way less than demand for it. In that case, Apple may miss the ‘Holiday Season’ window all together as Economic Daily News had predicted initially. Best case scenario is that the new earphones start shipping in late January of 2017. And as if that weren’t frustrating enough, the initial production run is said to be for just limited quantities.
The $159 AirPods have no wires and are charged in a small case. Featuring Apple’s W1 wireless chip, Apple says you can listen up to 5 hours of music before needing to recharge the earphones. The case can provide up to 24 hours of music playback.
And instead of needing to go through a pairing process like in regular wireless headphones. The AirPods can connect automatically to all Apple devices including an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.