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After the initial excitement that followed the launch of the Apple AirPods, things have gone relatively quiet with Apple delaying the shipment of their first wireless earbuds.

The reason given for this as at last month was that they wanted some extra time to perfect the product.

It seems that 'extra time' could be as long as 4 months with a new report via Economic Daily News stating that the AirPods might be unavailable till January 2017.

What does this mean? Well, basically it means AirPods should go off your Christmas shopping list and this does affect revenue as Christmas has always traditionally been a time when sales are on the up.

The cause of such a long delay is unknown, 4 months is a long time to perfect something. It's also entirely possible that the news is inaccurate and maybe Apple will surprise us.

The company themselves last said about the product; “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,”

According to 9-5 Mac, AirPods feature Apple’s W1 chip, which enables instantaneous pairing with iOS devices and Apple Watch as well as longer battery life in use. Luckily for Apple, the W1 is also present in its latest range of products from Beats. The Beats Solo 3 wireless and Powerbeats 3 are shipping now; Beatsx were also announced at the same event as AirPods but are not yet released. Beatsx availability is quoted as “coming this fall”.

This means that the W1 experience will be available in some capacity this year but the AirPods have other features which are exclusive to its form factor such as auto-pausing music when an earbud is removed from the ear. AirPods also boast 5 hour battery life on each earbud and come with a carrying case that doubles as a charger, which contains enough battery to charge the buds for 24 hours of continuous use.

The Apple website says the AirPods are coming soon and for all the Apple fanboys and girls it seems soon might just be a tad longer than they'd want.

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