December 14, 2016 10:15:08 am
Apple Inc said on Tuesday its wireless AirPod headphones were now available through its website, two months after the company delayed their launch for unexplained reasons. Apple also said delivery of AirPods would start next week along with sales at Apple Stores, Apple-authorised resellers and select carriers.
Apple unveiled the AirPod, which is priced at $159, at the launch of the latest iPhone in September.
The launch delay was widely seen as a rare marketing slip-up by the company, coming as it did just before the start of the holiday shopping season. Apple had said it needed more time to make the device ready before putting it on the market.
Apple was supposed to bring its new AirPods to the market by December, but according to a Wall Street Journal, the delay was due to manufacturing issues. The report pointed out how the AirPods had a Bluetooth connectivity problems as the audio was not syncing with both the ear phone pieces.
Apple’s AirPods come with two separate, totally wireless ear pieces and each receives its own Bluetooth signal from the iPhone or iPad or Apple device to which it is connected. The lack of an audio sync means the user would get a distortion when using these wireless headphones.
According to the WSJ, Apple was also trying to figure out what happens when someone loses one of their AirPods. Apple’s AirPods are powered by a proprietary chipset called W1 chip which will high-quality sound and great battery life, according to the company. An earlier report in Taiwan-based Economic Daily News said that a supplier expected to begin “shipping AirPods in January 2017.”
AirPods are priced at Rs 15,400 in India. The India version of the Apple Website also lists a Buy option next to the AirPods, but it is not clear if they have hit the retail stores in India yet.
With Reuters inputs
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