Apple delays release of AirPod wireless headphones, but doesn’t say why

27 Oct 2016

Apple AirPod headphones. Image: Hadrian/Shutterstock

Those who planned on rushing out to buy Apple’s AirPod wireless headphones in October will have to wait a bit longer, as the company admits it needs “a little more time” to have them consumer-ready.

When the iPhone 7 was launched back in September, arguably the biggest noise made online was about the AirPod headphones, which it plans to base its wireless audio future around.

However, its design and cost brought some derision from people who not only attempted a mocking parody of the headphones, but encouraged companies to offer wired accessories before it even hit the shelves.

The company was also ridiculed after its head of marketing, Phil Schiller, described the decision to get rid of the headphone jack as an act of “courage”.

“Once you have a vision of how the audio experience can be, you get there as fast as you can with a vision for how it should work,” he said at the iPhone 7 launch.

“We need a little more time”

Despite the fact that Apple had given an October release for the €179 headphones, the company issued a statement admitting that it is not ready yet, but has not given an indication of when it will be.

In a brief statement, the company said it’s not in a position to get them to where it wants them to be.

“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,” it said.

This leaves the unanswered question as to whether it is a software or hardware issue, with some who have had early access to the AirPods admitting that there have been issues with the two working together.

Apple AirPod headphones. Image: Hadrian/Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic