“Black Friday pulled in more than $10 billion in sales last year and with just one week to go until this year’s promotional holiday, Apple’s AirPods are curiously absent from the guest list,” Giovanni Bruno reports for TheStreet. “The new Apple AirPods were the tech titans answer to removing the headphone jack in the new iPhone 7, by offering customers a wireless solution and de-tangling the world. However, Apple has yet to release the product to the market.”

“‘It’s a problem. Apple is struggling with some sort of technical issue; I don’t think its production. If it had been there would have been a limited run in sort of their limited rollout they usually do,’ Wall Street Journal tech columnist Joanna Stern said on CNBC’s ‘Squawk Alley’ today,” Bruno reports. “The other significant issue with Apple not releasing the AirPods yet is that the iPhone 7, she expects, will be a ‘hot’ holiday item. ‘This is something that really pairs well with it,’ she said.”

Bruno reports, “Both Stern and New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo received review models of the AirPods and raved about the product.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Sometimes Apple runs like a well-oiled Holstein*.

Interns: What are you waiting for?! TTK!

*Which is to say: Not very well at all.

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