Apple’s AirPods to likely miss 2016 holiday shopping season due to manufacturing issues

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  • Marc Palumbo

    I guess when they meant the AirPods were the way of the future, they just meant the shipping date. Makes sense.

    • It’s Me

      Still, better to delay than to rush it out. We’ve seen what happens when companies rush stuff out prematurely just to hit some deadline.

    • Eluder

      True, but these are terrible looking, they should scrap them and go back to the design drawing board. Worst designed BT headphones I’ve ever seen, especially for the price.

    • It’s Me

      I’m not personally a big fan of the look, but really how are they any different than their basic EarPods? They look almost identical, but with the wires snipped off.

    • Marc Palumbo

      Not a design Apple should be boasting.

    • Marc Palumbo

      I was going more for the giggles than a decent response. My career as a comedian is short-lived.

    • It’s Me

      It was funny. I laughed.

    • Marc Palumbo

      If they are getting issues with manufacturing, then it could be that there is something wrong with their design. Very unusual for Apple to run into these issues though. Someone or many people probably have been fired for this.

    • It’s Me

      Apparently having problems with syncing the stereo audio between two physically independent devices.

    • Marc Palumbo

      But why not leverage off of Beats? I’m sure they did, but this is a little embarrassing for Apple’s quality. I’m not bashing them, but I find this to be typically unusual for them. Usually, Apple customers can count on them announcing a product and having it readily available in a reasonable time period.

    • It’s Me
    • Marc Palumbo

      Then that’s not good. Lost revenue for them.

    • It’s Me

      Yup, not good at all. But better than just saying f’it and shipping them out anyway. Eat the delay and a little bit of egg on the face, is better than a recall afterwards.

    • Marc Palumbo

      That’s the Shamesung way

    • rick

      Ya – and no one saw that coming??!!! Apple proprietary chip or not – BT lag continues to be a struggle – so to have discrete separate headphones……

    • It’s Me

      …a $10 adapter or the included EarPods?

    • rick

      From a business point of view – delaying could have just as much impact

    • It’s Me

      Not really. A delay or even a complete cancelation would be embarrassing and lost opportunity at best. Shipping defective products (especially dangerous defects) that require a full recall (or 2) is nothing short of a disaster. Better to delay or cancel than the humiliation of a forced recall.

    • rick

      Only assuming people haven’t bought something else due to the delay. Its more than just a lost opportunity as these aren’t 20 dollar headphones. If people are moving on to a different BT headset in excess of 120 dollars……..then its a lost sale for the next 2 years at least for the majority of those that chose a competing product.

    • It’s Me

      That’s what I meant by a lost opportunity. It’s a lots sales. Lots of them. Which is still far better than the humiliation and enournous additional expense of rushing them, selling them and then recalling them.

  • Gewurttraminer

    These are a disaster waiting to happen for anyone dumb enough to buy these.
    I like BT headphones but any design like this with two separate ear pieces untethered is just plain ridiculous. Apple needs to focus on form just as much as function and stop making crap like this just because it looks “neat” in their opinion

    • Mr Dog

      Honestly, going forward more BT headphones are going to be like this. It was not possible in the past, hence we always had the wire connecting the two

    • Gewurttraminer

      I don’t see two separate ear pieces becoming the norm. It’s a silly design with absolutely not utilitarian purpose.
      The improvements in this realm I think will come from increased battery life which is far more important than designs like this.

      I see this being another Apple bomb alongside failed products like the iPod shuffle 3rd generation, the 2005 Mighty Mouse or G4 cube.

    • FTR_Part_deux

      Contrary, I’ve always loved the G4 Cube. The hockey puck mice, not so much v

    • KiwiBri

      What was wrong with the 2005 mighty mouse?

      But yeah, I personally would not buy unteathered earphones. I expect them to make a “tether” accessory

    • It’s Me

      3rd party tethers are already out there.

    • Sam Lambert

      Why would you call people wanting to buy a product that they like but that you dislike “dumb”? I like sushis and you don’t so should I call you dumb?

  • rick

    lol………..Apple

  • JD

    Its a sign just give us back the port.

  • h2oflyer

    My guess is they’re sorting out a patent (someone else’s) issue.

  • Can’t Fix Stupid

    No issues for Christmas as we can all get the large format book for $399 instead and loved ones will love you for it. The small version at $279 says “I think you are only ok”

  • thereasoner

    I guess they don’t want people hearing it wrong 🙂

    • It’s Me

      Probably right. Better to do the right thing and delay it, or even cancel it if they have to.

    • Petit Baveux

      Yup, and it would take a lot of courage to admit that they can’t produce wireless earbuds after dumping the audio jack!

  • Omar

    The least they could do is give a discount to people who ordered these things.

    • Do Do

      LOL, funny

  • It’s Me

    Looks like they are available for order now.