When Apple announced its AirPods in September, the company said the wireless earbuds would launch in October. Now that it’s November, it turns out the AirPods have been not just delayed, but possibly delayed until 2017.
Apple told TechCrunch last week that it needs “a little more time” before the AirPods are ready to be released, not even saying the reasons behind the delay.
“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 said to TechCrunch.
Following the announcement Apple has delayed its wireless AirPods beyond its October launch date, foreign supply chain sources are saying the AirPods could be launched in January 2017, and not the 2016 date that many people said the device would sell well during the holidays.
The Economic Daily News believes the AirPods manufacturing supplier Inventec will see a profit boost in January, thanks to the new launch date.
Inventenc’s revenue is expected to grow to 7 percent in 2017 because of AirPod orders, and will reach about $23.83 billion, while its earnings per share will increase by 35 percent.
Apple announced the wireless AirPods during its Sept. 7 iPhone 7 event, where it said the AirPods will have up to 5 hours of music playback, high-quality-sound through a “seamless and automatic connection” between devices and a battery case that can hold more than 24 hours of listening time.