Apple’s AirPods, the wireless headphones the company launched alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, look set to be delayed until January 2017.
A new report from China cites new launch date, claiming that Inventic, the manufacturer behind the AirPods, will enjoy a boost in profits when the earbuds launch.
Last week, Apple confirmed that it would not make its target launch date of late October, saying it need ‘a little more time’ to get the product ready.
"We don’t believe in shipping a product before it’s ready,” Apple said in a statement.
The AirPods were at the centre of Apple’s controversial decision to abandon the standard headphone slot on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The move was described by Apple exec Phil Schiller as taking ‘courage’. He went on to say that the wired headphone tech was outdated.
Initial reviews of pre–production units of the AirPods have been favourable. However, the £159 price tag, plus the availability of more affordable Bluetooth headphones, is likely to hamper sales.