Date
17 August 2017
At a media event in September, Apple said the AirPod wireless headphones would be available in late October.  Photo: Reuters
At a media event in September, Apple said the AirPod wireless headphones would be available in late October. Photo: Reuters

Apple begins selling wireless AirPods after two-month delay

Apple Inc. has begun selling its AirPod wireless headphones after a nearly two-month delay.

Apple first said AirPods ordered online Tuesday would arrive Dec. 21 but by mid-morning New York time, Apple’s website was showing that newly ordered AirPods would be shipped in four weeks, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The devices also will be available for US$159 at Apple stores and authorized retail locations next week.

The company said AirPods, which it initially said would go on sale in October, would be shipped in “limited quantities” at launch. They are expected to be available in 100 countries, including the US, Canada, China, Germany and Japan.

Apple declined to say how many units would be available or why the AirPods were delayed.

The delay marked a rare public misstep for Apple.

In September, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller hailed the earbuds as the entree to a wireless future, with seamless connection to an iPhone and five-hour battery life. In part, the AirPods were promoted as a successor to the headphone jack, which Apple removed from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

In September, Schiller said the devices would be shipped in October, but late that month Apple said shipments were delayed.

Last week, a spokeswoman for Apple said: “We need a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers.”

The reasons for the delay became a subject of speculation among wireless-technology experts, with theories focusing on the challenges of perfecting the way sound reached the earpieces using Bluetooth technology.

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