Apple says AirPods aren’t ready yet, pushes back release date

By , Oct 26, 2016

Apple AirPods

Bad news for folks hoping to snag a pair of Apple’s cool new wireless AirPod headphones this month. TechCrunch has received a statement from Apple saying that they aren’t quite ready yet, so don’t expect them to hit their original ‘late October’ rollout date.

If you’ve been waiting for Apple’s AirPod wireless headphones to go on sale, you’re going to have to wait a little longer. Apple says that they are not ready and they it will need ‘a little more time’.

“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 said to TechCrunch.

Apple would not say whether the delay was due to a hardware or software issue, and wouldn’t give a new timeline for future availability. Either way it’s a setback for a product that was a surprise at the iPhone 7 event entering the busy holiday shopping season.

Source: TechCrunch

 

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  • driven01

    At the price of these things, and the awful aesthetics, don’t rush to get them out. 🙂 Quite happy with my wired headphones.

    • Shadowelite123

      Its about the same as the wired EarPods. They are wireless earphones and like most options, they cost quite a bit.

      • driven01

        Agreed, wired cost more, but they don’t sound better. (and something else to charge). I also don’t like that stick that juts out of these. To each their own, I just don’t see the value proposition.

      • Shadowelite123

        I honestly cant tell the difference nowadays. Most of the wireless earphones/headphones are on par with wired ones, but then again I haven’t used any of the more expensive wired headphones that promise better quality. I agree on the unsightly look of the AirPods, however I kind of understand. The battery has to be somewhere and it would have made sense to put it there. With that, I understand your point of view as wireless just isn’t for everyone.

      • Rowan09

        The battery has to go somewhere with the other tech in it. Would you prefer hearing aid looking headphones?

      • mickey

        From afar, they look like regular earpods without wires to me. They had to cram quite a bit in there and I actually prefer the look over the typical bulbous hearing aid. As for fit, I’ve read some tidbits of them fitting better than EarPods for some reviewers. I’d prefer in-ears even though EarPods fit fine for me. Either way, they are certainly a different in fit.

  • Connecting Mac User 

    So much mess going on at tech industry today! Everyone in a hurry to make few bucks out of people. Well, better be late than catch fire on someone’s ear.. If this guys don’t surprise us tomorrow at Mac event, I’ll back down from Apple completely. They aren’t the company I used to know. Some sh!t going on there lately!

    • Shadowelite123

      Doubt it. What would expect to be announced that would surprise you? Face reality, things won’t go your way each time. The tech industry isn’t becoming a mess. People make mistakes. The whole Note 7 issue was a mistake and poor judgment in terms of battery choice and process. Companies choose an estimated delivery date and try to deliver by then. Things come up that may cause delays and the company has the right to choose whether or not to deliver as is or push back the release date depending on the situation. If you cant handle that, well maybe you should stop worrying about what technology companies do and worry about your own problems. Choose whatever you like, but dont go posting rants about your own childish whims.

      • Connecting Mac User 

        I’m not sure who’s ranting here because from your response, you didn’t say or make any point rather trying too hard with all your claims. Please go away and if you got nothing better to say just shut the hell up!!!

      • Shadowelite123

        Lol why are you mad? Did I hurt your feelings or something? I merely stated my observation of the tech industry to correct what you think is really happening. I then shared the process of delivering a product to the consumer and what happens in life in regards to the subject of releasing a product. To support my statement. You seem to still be ranting as you seem to be displaying signs of agitation and such with you choice of punctuation and words. If you didn’t know (and you clearly dont), those two factors influence what emotional intent will be displayed in written(or typed) words. I hope you follow your own advice as you clearly dont seem to want to follow mine. You really should calm yourself as you’re making a fool of yourself and giving Apple fans (not fanboys) a bad name.

  • Shadowelite123

    I wonder how long ago the Apple Spokesperson made the statement. At this time Apple hasn’t made any updates to the website so maybe it could be ready at its original expected release if things go well enough.

  • Not gonna lie. I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed because Apple once again shows lack of focus, but mostly because I really expected to buy these this Friday. Bright side: I’ll have an extra $150 in my pocket this weekend.

    • Connecting Mac User 

      Agreed!!!

    • Rowan09

      How is it a lack of focus when we don’t know the reason? Would you say the same for Samsung if 2 days before the Note 7 launch they said it wasn’t ready? Things happen and unless we know the reason and wouldn’t agree with your “lack of focus” statement.

      • Shadowelite123

        You do have a point. Things come up and plans change. Better they resolve whatever issues there are than release an unfinished product with problems the average consumer wouldn’t care to deal with.

      • If you’re Apple and you say “we will ship by the October” then you owe it to yourself and to your customers to stick to that schedule. If you don’t think you can, then simply say “we will ship later this year” which gives you plenty of room for error.

        If Samsung had pushed back the release of the Note 7 by several weeks, we would have just brushed it off saying “well, it’s Samsung, so I’m not surprised they can’t stick to their own schedule.”

        As the most valuable company in the world and arguably the company that makes the best electronics in the world, we hold Apple to higher standards than most other companies. And for good reasons too. Just like when you show up late at an appointment, it doesn’t look good when Apple shows up late at a product launch.

        Ultimately, I’m not upset that the AirPods launch has been postponed for technical reasons. I’m upset that Apple can’t stick to its own schedule.

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        I’m with you on this one.

      • Rowan09

        But we could already assume the schedule wasn’t solid to begin with. The airpods were scheduled for late October with no specific date. Something must be wrong and without any inclination to what I wouldn’t make that statement you made. I understand being disappointed but it would be worst if you got a product that didn’t work.

      • I agree it would be worse to ship a defective product. But my point is not about the product. My point is about Apple not delivering on its own schedule.

      • Rowan09

        I understand. I would love to hear the reason because it must be serious or someone getting fired.

      • Repiuk

        I cannot agree more. So from my point of view my iPhone 7+ is going to live forever my preorder is still not delivered :/ They must have made it the best one ever 😉

        The fact that they cannot keep up with the demand of their products and run behind delivery schedules up to 8-10 weeks is ridiculous.

        Same for postponing the delivery of the airpods your expectations are triggered and than not met in the end what damages the company’s reputation.

        Hope the get up to par with this.

      • henry3dogg

        “If you’re Apple and you say “we will ship by the October” then you owe it to yourself and to your customers to stick to that schedule. If you don’t think you can, then simply say “we will ship later this year” which gives you plenty of room for error.”

        No you don’t. You owe it to yourself and to your customers to ship it when it is right. Any forward looking time prediction is just that. A prediction. Quality is absolute.

      • Harshul

        I agree with you. Had I not expected Apple to deliver it on time, there would have been no complaints. It’s more like if Google Maps gives you an erroneous route, one will complain – because we trust the product (more importantly the company) and expect it to work with efficacy. For an XYZ’s maps failing, there will be no discussion. Any way, I had some plans of gifting someone the Airpods and I was counting on Apple to do what it said regarding the release. No complaints on the quality of Apple products – needless to say it is the best. But that’s what makes me have more hopes and expectations out of the company with The Best consumer electronics. So yes, I have a soft disappointment with the delay.

    • Shadowelite123

      You know, its not like Apple to release an unfinished product. You’re jumping too fast to conclusions. Delays happen. Its reality. You, a tech blogger and I’m sure lover of technology, should know better than to assume without any factual evidence, unless you know something more?

      • Merman123

        This isn’t even an Apple thing really. Not meeting deadlines that you set yourself is universally a bad thing and an indication of poor management. What does your line of work consist of ?

      • Shadowelite123

        Not meeting deadlines are negative issues, however releasing a product not up to par of thats promised is worse. My line of work isn’t entirely defined at the moment. I work in the military. Deadlines are extremely important, however should I find myself not able to meet those deadlines, well ill simply notify ahead of time. Apple never gave a specific release date and simply mentioned late October. That in no way means that it would be available on the day of their event. Assuming isn’t a smart thing to do in the business world and even less in the military.

      • Rowan09

        Deadlines are internal for the most part. We don’t have a reason as to way we have a delay so placing judgment is a little premature is my point. What happen if the airpods are going into flames after the first charge? We don’t know so I give them a pass especially since it’s a new device.

      • Connecting Mac User 

        Please tell this dumbf**k @Shadowelite123 he just keep making noise around here. Point is, Apple that we know before aren’t living up to their culture(and uniqueness) anymore.. Like i said, so much mess going on there as of late. I really hate to admit that I miss Steve era. Just something so different about that company then! Almost every single event comes with a surprise but today? Not even close, Apple’s light going off if not already gone. We shall see today!

      • smtp25

        They ‘shipped’ Siri before it was ready .. is it ready yet for people outside the very few supported countries

      • Rowan09

        Siri was in beta form which is software, you can’t beta hardware for public use.

      • Shadowelite123

        They actually didn’t. Siri worked well when it started. It was of course basic as it was Apples first attempt at a virtual assistant. The functionality was limited, but in no means shipped before it was ready.

  • Chloe Elizabeth Wade

    They’re terrible anyway

    • Bugs Bunnay

      Gasp

    • Rowan09

      You used them?

      • Chloe Elizabeth Wade

        Nope but early reviews are saying they’re worse than the wired version so shitty I mean u pay 160 dollars for shitty in-ear headphones that have worse audio than the 30$ wired version no ty I’m getting solo3s in rose gold instead they’re only $140 more than airpods and actually have good bass which is important bc I only listen to rap they have better battery life and are actually available in colors too and are harder to lose also they both have w1 so there’s no reason to buy airpods

  • DD™

    Way to serious. If you don’t want a pair don’t buy them. Simple enough. A quality product should be worth the wait for any consumer purchase.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    If these won’t explode while use in my ear then i can wait.

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    Marvelous. Effortless. Wireless.

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    All of y’all are gonna get em’ AirPods, but now it’s time to vote #Trump2016

  • Rowan09

    My wife own these and they look like hearing aids, plus they are $199 and only give 3 hours of battery life.

    • driven01

      I think I prefer the hearing aid look to the sticks. (Just preference) But again, I prefer cords. 🙂

      Thanks for the update about them. Appreciated.

      • Rowan09

        Oh ok cool.

  • Jon20

    This is very disappointing. I was really hoping to see these soon. Hopefully it’s for the best. Maybe they will add more gestures to allow for skipping tracks and volume control using the accelerometers by touch instead of using Siri all the time. And maybe add more color options like Black or Space Gray. Here’s hoping …

  • [RECON1]

    I wonder if Apple is going to change their website of it saying late October still.

  • askep3

    Probably just not ready for a release with the macbook

  • James G

    iPhone 4 in white! Who remembers??

  • george

    Cut your old earbuds and wear them to see how stupid it looks. I’ll buy them when the stem gets chopped off.

    • mickey

      Does it really look that stupid? It’s essentially the same look without wires. Most people probably wouldn’t notice from 10 feet away. I personally prefer the stems to a big hearing aid body. Obviously, neither would be better but the tech isn’t there yet.

      • Impreza

        I had to laugh visualizing keeping 10 feet away from everyone. Makes it awkward if you’re on a bus.

      • mickey

        I meant they probably won’t be as noticeable as people are making them out to be since they retain a familiar shape. It’s not like the stems are extending down to your chin. But personal preference is just that. To each his own.

  • igobythisname

    Wow, I really thought these were included with the new iPhone 7! [never saw the Keynote & must’ve read past it on iDB] LOL!

  • ProllyWild

    Disappointing but obviously a necessary move to save their brand from further criticism.

    Sure we can be upset over not getting something we wanted, but that disappointment does far less damage than shipping a poor product and getting ripped by negative reviews.

    See we’re disappointed but many will probably still buy when it drops. If they had released a dud, the product would be dead from that point. While I enjoy my Apple Watch, just look at how hard it is for them to sell them after series 0 and all its flaws.

    Not happy about it, but I can see the business logic.

  • mwpitt52

    I don’t care how great they connect with your iPhone, those earbuds are hideous looking. You may as well get a sharpie and write “DORK” on your forehead when you wear those buds.

    • mickey

      Can’t look any worse than Bluetooth headsets to be honest. But I don’t think I even notice what is in people’s ears these days anymore. From a distance it probably won’t stand out at all. Nothing like bright red over the ear Beats or the like.

  • Byambaa

    They just found out, they are using the same battery as in note 7.

  • Rickey Woods

    did we expect anything different?? it’s Apple..

  • Phil Iverson

    These idiots are just driving demand they won’t be ready till christmas and its a marketing sceem