The reason Apple's AirPods release date has been delayed has finally been revealed in a recent Wall Street Journal report. Apple is apparently having trouble syncing audio between the two separate wireless earphones, a source familiar with the development of the AirPods told the Journal. The company is struggling with the wireless connection between the left and right pieces. The AirPods are different from other headphone because they are completely wireless, with both left and right parts unattached. That makes the AirPods more complicated, since other wireless headphones transmit signal from one earpiece to the other.
Apple's decision to make its ultra-successful and revolutionary iPhone completely wireless has hit a bit of a snag. The Northern California-based company was reportedly investigating customers' complaints about the new AirPods, or headphones, disconnecting from their phones while making a phone call, MacRumors reported Monday. Citing posts on a MacRumors forum thread as well as on Apple's Support Communities website, the report indicated customers have claimed their AirPods were losing connection with the phones only while making a phone call but not with any other function. One forum user wrote: "I've had this happen on two phone calls today. I am talking and suddenly the audio switches to the phone, I hear the Airpod connect tones and the audio switches back.
Apple missed its original launch window for its first-gen wireless headphones, prompting some to speculate that a 2016 launch might not be in the cards. However, the AirPods might still ship by Christmas according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. A MacRumors reader contacted Cook via email, asking for a release date for the wireless headphones. "Give us a release date," the person told Cook. "I really bought in to the wireless vision you painted.
Just a few days since a third-party app that's designed to find Apple's wireless headphones called the AirPods made headlines, the Cupertino giant decided to remove it from its App Store. Users who purchased the app are now advised to request for a refund through iTunes. Last Friday, MacRumors featured a third-party app that alleviates the fear of AirPods owners of losing Apple's Bluetooth headphones. The app, appropriately called "Finder for AirPods," measures the Bluetooth signal strength of lost AirPods, so owners can easily locate where the in-ear headphones are. The iOS developer responsible for the helpful app was Deucks.
When Apple first announced its AirPods in September the company said the wireless earbuds would be available in October. Reports then said Apple delayed its AirPods until 2017 but that may not be the case. Apple reseller Conrad says they will receive AirPods stock starting November 17, and will make them available to buy online by Nov.18-19, according to MacRumors. "Hello, I have just talked with an employee of the Conrad Online Store, since I am there on 14.10 the AirPods ordered and I wanted to cancel today. According to information from the employee, they have stockpiles from 17.11, I will then have them between November 18-19."