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Bad news for Apple! Delays expected for highly-anticipated new product

Bad news for Apple! Delays expected for highly-anticipated new product
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So much for the future, because the future is delayed. If you're itching to get these magical earbuds that would've whisked you away to a wireless musical wonderland, you will have to wait.

Apple announced Wednesday that the release of its much-awaited remedy to the headphone-less iPhone 7 conundrum has been pushed back.

What fantastic remedy would that be? Why, of course, the new Apple Airpods.

The Airpods are the centerpiece of Apple's "courageous" no-headphone jack reality introduced during Apple's iPhone 7's launch event last September. They're wireless, rechargeable, small and they resemble something out of Kubrick's "2001: Space Odyssey" (or broken Q-tips, depending on your perspective).

AirPods

 

They have the typical Apple voodoo-like voice and motion accelerometers plus optical sensors that will sense when you ceremoniously put them in your ear. These magical sensors will also know when you stop talking - the AirPods' mics will beamform and focus on your voice to filter out extraneous noise while double-tapping on either piece will allow for a direct line to Siri.

Hmm, what else? They come in this fancy charging case, which can juice them up with five hours of audio time on a single charge. The jury is still out on their supposed "superior sound," but judging by early reviews, they sound more or less like Apple's own garden-variety wired EarPods.

 

AirPod chargers

Oh, and better hold onto those little AirPods real tight because they will cost true-believers a hefty $159. (Fortunately, dropping and losing a piece on a sidewalk somewhere will not be a complete loss. Apple announced that it will sell single AirPod replacements).

So what is the reason for the delay? Apple did not really specify but its spokeswoman Trudy Muller told Reuters that they "need a little more time before the AirPods are ready."

Our best guess is there are some final hardware and software compatibility bugs that Apple engineers will have to work out before they can start selling the final mass-release product. (As an aside, in light of all the flaky lithium-ion phone battery news, we are just hoping they are not exploding and setting ears on fire.)

There is no specific timeline nor final date given for the AirPods' release so iPhone 7 owners will have to settle for the Lightning EarPods and/or 3.5mm dongle for now. The rest of you can still enjoy all sorts of headphones with, you know, the headphone jack.

I guess, for now, Apple's courageous future is postponed indefinitely.

Aside from the headphone jack, click here to find out what other ports and connectors Apple has killed lately.

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