Apple’s AirPods are finally available to buy online after a rare delay pushed back the release by about two months.
The pricey wireless earbuds (RM 849) were listed as available for delivery today but the shipping time gonna take 4 weeks long.
“AirPods will be shipping in limited quantities at launch and customers are encouraged to check online for updates on availability and estimated delivery dates,” Apple said in a press release.
The earbuds will be available in Apple Stores starting next week, but still not known in Malaysia resellers.
Apple unveiled AirPods in September at its big press event for the iPhone 7 that AirPods will be available in late October, but in October, Apple delayed the launch indefinitely.
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“The early response to AirPods has been incredible,” a spokeswoman for Apple said at the time. “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.”
AirPods are incredibly light and come with a built-in microphone for phone calls and the Siri voice assistant. They also have sensors to detect when you take one of the buds out of your ear.
But many have focused on another feature (or bug) of the product: how easy it may be to lose them. For that reason, some companies have already begun selling wires for the wireless headphones.
Another bad news again. AirPods were originally slated to launch in October, but the wireless earphones were later delayed. Apple said it needed “a little more time” before they are ready for customers, and it has yet to provide an official update since.
While the exact reason for the delay remains unclear, a person familiar with the development of AirPods told The Wall Street Journal that Apple’s troubles appear to be related to its “efforts to chart a new path for wireless headphones,” in addition to resolving what happens when users lose one of the earpieces or the battery dies.
A person familiar with the development of the AirPod said the trouble appears to stem from Apple’s effort to chart a new path for wireless headphones. In most other wireless headphones, only one earpiece receives a signal from the phone via wireless Bluetooth technology; it then transmits the signal to the other earpiece.
Apple has said AirPod earpieces each receive independent signals from an iPhone, Mac or other Apple device. But Apple must ensure that both earpieces receive audio at the same time to avoid distortion, the person familiar with their development said. That person said Apple also must resolve what happens when a user loses one of the earpieces or the battery dies.
Many customers are anxiously anticipating the release of Apple’s wireless AirPods, originally slated to launch in October but later delayed. Fortunately, the wait may soon be over.
MacRumors has been forwarded an email in which Apple CEO Tim Cook, responding to a customer, allegedly said he anticipates AirPods to begin shipping “over the next few weeks.”
Customer’s comment: “Give us a release date. I really bought in to the wireless vision you painted. Now I’m stuck waiting with my EarPods but can’t charge my 7 at the same time which I need to do at work. Let us know if it’s a month or 6 months, because then I’ll just buy some other wireless headphones.”
Tim Cook’s response: “Thanks for your note. Sorry for the delay—we are finalizing them and I anticipate we will begin to ship over the next few weeks.”