Apple puts its AirPods in the oven a little longer


— 9:00 AM on October 27, 2016

There's less than a week left before Apple is set to ship its AirPods, the company's upcoming wireless earbuds. Our friends over at Ars Technica reached out to Apple about the situation, and learned that the product's launch has been delayed.

In a statement offered to Ars, Apple says the company "needs a little more time before AirPods are ready for [its] customers", and that "[it doesn't] believe in shipping a product before it's ready." The AirPods will ship with some interesting features, like the ability to sense when they're placed into users' ears, integration with Apple's digital assistant Siri, and technology that detects when users are speaking and adjusts the microphone accordingly. Perhaps a delay is understandable.

While Apple wouldn't offer a new estimate as to when the AirPods will hit the shelves, it's hard to imagine the company delaying the release past the holiday shopping season. Customers will want some kind of headphones to go with their new 3.5mm-jackless iPhone 7s, and Apple will want to have the $159 AirPods available as an option.

 
   
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