Report: Apple AirPods Won’t Ship Until 2017

Apple AirPods

Apple announced its AirPods alongside the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but unlike the latter devices, the former has yet to see an official release date come to life.

When the company decided to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, a number of solutions came along, among them the Apple AirPods. These are devices that provide iPhone 7 users with wireless connectivity so that they can keep on listening to music while charging their phones. With wired headphones, this is not possible.

Apple launched the AirPods alongside the 2016 flagship and even though the phones have been selling since mid-September, there is no word on when we will actually see the wireless earphones. Back in October, an Apple official claimed that the device was not going to ship until the Cupertino Company is satisfied that it’s indeed ready for public use. Another separate report threw further doubt on the availability of the Apple AirPods before the end of 2016, claiming that their shipping will not start until mid-2017. Apparently, this delay is as a result of the earphones’ high demand.

In a new report coming from Barclays Research analysts, it seems the Apple AirPods will start production in December 2016. With this in mind, it seems the wireless earphones will only be available at some point beginning next year. In the first shipment, Apple will reportedly include between 10-15 million units of the AirPods, with the aim being to probably assess the early response to the gadgets.

Apple AirPods

What adds further proof to this research report is the fact that the iPhone maker has not added these Apple AirPods to its official shopping guide for the upcoming holiday season. Usually, the device would have made the list, but due to its unavailability, it means it doesn’t make the cut. Apple has listed the device as “currently unavailable” with no word on the expected shipping dates.

As per now, it is easy to conclude that the Apple AirPods will start shipping in 2017. The only thing that remains to be confirmed is the official release date.

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