Apple’s AirPods, the wireless headphones it launched alongside the iPhone 7 in early September, have been delayed.
Initially, the Californian company said it would release the AirPods in late October. Now, however, it’s pushing back the release date.
In an official statement, Apple said: “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.”
It’s not clear exactly how long ‘a little more time is’ or what the problems with the AirPods are.
Early users of pre–production models said the wireless earbuds bear up well, although Apple is likely to want to get things perfect before releasing them.
Any problems with wirelessly pairing the headphones to handsets or issues with them falling out of users’ ears would mean huge embarrassment for a company that’s bet the farm on wireless audio tech.
Apple revealed the AirPods at the same time as ditching the standard headphone slot in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
It was a move Apple’s Phil Schiller said displayed ‘courage’ and that showed Apple was leading the charge to a wireless future.
However, at £159, the AirPods are an expensive alternative to using the free headphone adapter which comes with Apple’s new iPhones.