Apple delays AirPod rollout

“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,” Matthew Panzarino reports for TechCrunch.

“‘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 told TechCrunch,” Panzarino reports. “Apple did not say whether hardware or software updates are what is at the heart of the delay.”

Panzarino reports, “My experiences with the AirPods have been very positive this far but the pre-production units that were given out to press are not without their foibles and bugs.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Ah, the joys of new technology! Yes, there’s a lot of technology going on in those little buggers, so best to get it all working properly and in harmony before shipping*.

*unlike Samsung.

Survey: 12% of U.S. consumers say they’ll buy Apple AirPods; extra $3 billion in revenue – September 29, 2016
Bill Atkinson: Why Apple’s AirPods are the best place for Siri – September 28, 2016
Apple’s response to Amazon Echo: AirPods – September 20, 2016
Apple’s AirPods make Google Glass look even more ridiculous (if that’s even possible) – September 19, 2016
Why Silicon Valley is all wrong about Apple’s AirPods – September 17, 2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook: AirPods won’t fall out of your ears (with video) – September 14, 2016
What AirPods can tell us about Apple’s future – September 12, 2016
Hands-on with Apple’s new AirPods: Stayed in my ears, sounded awesome – September 10, 2016
Apple and a truly wireless future: AirPods are just the start – September 10, 2016
Whoever makes the first AirPods strap is going to get rich – September 8, 2016


  1. Evidently Forstall hasn’t got his fingers in this pie… Defo wouldn’t want AirPods*Beta* being received with the same welcome as AppleMaps did. Especially when Apple is trying to transform the landscape, i.e. drop the antiquated 3.5mm jack. Better wait and do it right. People who truely want quality products, will appreciate the production delay if it avoids many all the first-gen headaches we have come to know in the past few years.

      1. I’m not going to be jogging with them or even taking them outside. If someone is doing strenuous activities maybe they should go another route. I’d bet that if these things were being made by Google the potential for losing them would be glossed over by the Android lovers.

    1. Yes, because everybody should only make the products YOU want and stuff the rest of us. If you want a strap, buy the Beats, or any of a dozen other choices, these are not for you.

      If, like me, you want to be able to just put in one earpiece for calls, Siri etc without a dangling cord weighing in your ear, then enjoy these.

  2. What? Yet another botched product launch? Color me surprised.

    Tim Cook couldnt lauch a product if his life depended on it.

    He announced this product just last month!

    If a product is less than 3 months away from launch, that means it MUST be finished with design, in manufacturing, and preparing to enter distribution. All those post design activities take time.

    So when you make an announcement like this, you BETTER HAVE YOUR ACT IN ORDER.

    Of course, Tim Cook is a complete dunce, and an incompetent CEO, so he made the product announcement BEFORE THE PRODUCT was clear and ready to go.

    Every day Tim Cook proves how utterly incapable he is to lead a company like Apple.

    Tim Cook is Apple’s Steve Ballmer.

  3. With this much money and expertise at your disposal, these kinds of bait and switches are unacceptable. If you knew the product wouldn’t be ready then say so, don’t squeeze in the statement prior to an event hoping it’ll be ignored. A lot of people were expecting the Airpods to be available today or tomorrow, now when? Christmas?

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