New BeatsX earphones with Apple W1 chip may not ship for at least 2-3 months

By , Dec 12, 2016

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It’s not just AirPods—according to an alleged email Apple sent to an authorized reseller, the new $149.95 BeatsX earphones rocking an in-house designed Apple W1 wireless chip may not start shipping for at least 2-3 months. As reported on by MacRumors, authorized reseller B&H Photo Video told a customer Apple’s informed them that the new earphones will miss the company’s self-proclaimed fall 2016 launch and are unlikely to start shipping before February or March 2017.

The BeatsX product page allows you to sign up to be notified when the product launches. At the time of this writing, the earphones were listed as arriving in late 2016.

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A recent report blamed AirPods delay on dual Bluetooth connectivity issues that seem to be plaguing BeatsX Wireless Earphones, too, given that both products use the W1 chip.

According to the Wall Street Journal last week, AirPods have been delayed because Apple hasn’t yet solved a problem where both earpieces must receive audio at the same time to avoid distortion. A source told the newspaper that Apple also must resolve what happens when a user loses one of the earpieces or the battery dies.

Introduced alongside Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones and AirPods at iPhone 7 event, the new Beats X Wireless Earphones are available in Black and White and feature Bluetooth connectivity, 8-hour battery life, Siri-compatible RemoteTalk with built-in playback controls and Fast Fuel technology allowing you to get about two hours of playback with a quick five-minute charge.

In addition to BeatsX, the W1 chip is also found in Apple’s own AirPods, Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones and Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones. Thanks to Apple’s power-sipping bespoke Bluetooth chip, these accessories have significantly longer battery life than their previous-generation versions without the W1 chip.

Source: MacRumors

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  • Dilir Daiyan Aranna

    Damn,I hope Apple gets on track to ship the AirPods soon.

  • Leonard Wong

    2016: Year of the Delay

  • diggitydang

    Apple’s been disappointing lately and I’m slowly losing confidence in them as a whole. Since the iPhone 6’ish time, it’s been going a bit downhill, I find… still hanging in there for now though.

    I bought the Beats Solo 3’s over the weekend… had lots of problems with it not turning on… or it staying on and not being able to turn it off… not being able to connect… tried resetting over and over and it would re-connect for about half a second… also, I found them to be very light on the bass (from reviews, everyone saying they’re bass-heavy)… I have wired Beats UrBeats earbuds and they are great, but wired… not sure if I got a dud… going to try seeing about an exchange.

    • I have Beats Solo 3 as well and couldn’t be happier, I’ve had no issues you’re mentioning

      • diggitydang

        I hope it’s just a dud that I can get replaced… I wanted it to be so much better… is the bass heavy on yours? That was the first thing I noticed… had it 24 hours, and when I picked it up, all lights were on and power button wasn’t doing anything… reset it a bunch of times and it would connect, then disconnect and couldn’t get it going again. Odd…

    • Jeffrey

      Very light on bass? Wow, you must have bought a fake pair because Beats Solo’s are one of the most bass heavy headphones out there on the market (which I personally find a good thing since im into HipHop).

      • diggitydang

        Bought it from the Source, so don’t think it’d be a fake… I’m taking it into Apple later this week and we’ll see what they say…

      • Blip dude

        Definitely get an exchange if you just got ’em. Not sure if this just Apple’s beats now, but in this case, low bass = red flag.

      • diggitydang

        Got a replacement pair which are much better now and far more bass-heavy than the first set. They said it’s probably just defective.

      • diggitydang

        Update. Apple came through. Gave me a replacement pair that are much better than the first pair. Had to jump a few hoops but at the end, they made it right. Faith restored for now!

      • Jeffrey

        Hahah, nice! I totally forgot to check my disqus, sorry for the late answer 😉

      • diggitydang

        No prob. I’ve actually returned the Beats headphones now. Apple took them back for me. Instead, I bought the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless… It has a bass slider that makes Beats sound like it’s for kids. Man oh man! It’s also got a 40-hour battery life and much less sound leakage. Loving them. Thanks for all your input though. I do appreciate it. Have a good one.

      • Jeffrey

        Oh wow! Sounds good, I personally do enjoy my Beats Solo 2’s a lot though, but to be honest I give a lot about styling as well, which is one of the main reasons I bought them in the first place. Too bad you didn’t enjoy your Beats like I do, but everyone has it’s own taste. Enjoy the Skullcandy’s!

      • diggitydang

        Thanks! Yeah, a few friends didn’t like the Skullcandy’s when I let them try it. I guess I’m more of a bass-head than most!! Hahaha. It’s like having subwoofers on your head though. Everyone had their own taste though and I wish the Solo 3’s did it for me. Anyway, sounds like we’re both happy and that’s what counts!

      • Jeffrey

        Hahah, exactly! Sounds like a good pair of headphones though, I like ’em bass heavy as well 😉

      • diggitydang

        It’s been a few weeks now and I’m still absolutely loving these headphones! If you like the sound of a couple of 15″ subwoofers in your car, then these are the headphones for you!

      • Jeffrey

        Hahah, I sure do! Still happy with my Beats though hahah

  • TechnoBuff

    Apple is announcing prototypes as products which is a tad bit disappointing.. a lot of tech companies announce unfinished products for release months ahead but when the product is delayed as in the case of two products from Apple…This shows there is something definitely going wrong in Cupertino.. Some people will keep burying their head in the sand with regards to this development but the signs arent good

    • Two much ado about nothing. As if Apple never ever delayed any product…

      • TechnoBuff

        You have just reinforced my point actually.

        It is nothing actually if this was HTC or a small tech company.. This is APPLE… the behemoth and the biggest company in the world.. this is no small upstart.

        So it is much to do about something when two supposedly new products gets delayed within a year.

        Funny when people are quick to compare Apple to other tech company when the narrative does not look too good.

  • george

    The wealthiest company in the world and acts as if they can’t afford to get shit done on time.

    • Jeffrey

      Not everything can be accomplished with money…

  • Jamessmooth

    Wow. Apple on the struggle bus lately. Glad I didn’t wait and purchased my Jaybird X3’s. Can’t beat $100!