Apple AirPods, which was supposed to hit the market by December, are now delayed further due to some technical issues. According to a report by Wall Street Journal, the Cupertino-based giant will not release the AirPods during the holiday season as the wireless headphones are facing Bluetooth connectivity problems.
The report highlights that Apple is currently facing some problems in syncing the audio to the both the earpieces at the same time. Unlike other wireless headphones, where the either the left or right earbud receives the audio from the paired device and then transfer it to another one, both the earpieces in AirPods works independently, meaning that each of them receives the signal separately from paired devices like iPhone, iPad or Mac. This is where the problem lies.
So for example, if you remove the left AirPod, the right will still be playing the music. So when you put the left one back in your ear, apparently causes the audio sync issues between the two individual pods. “Apple must ensure that both earpieces receive audio at the same time to avoid distortion” the person familiar with their development told the WSJ. The same person said Apple is working to “resolve what happens when a user loses one of the earpieces or the battery dies.”
Apple unveiled the AirPods along with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. There were expected to ship in late October, but the company delayed it due to some technical issues. Apple spokesperson told Trudy Miller in an email to Reuters: “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”â€.
If the report is believed to be true, then we might actually get the reason behind Apple delaying its aspirational AirPods. The headphones are priced at Rs 15,400 in India and are expected to ship in January next year, while the mass production is expected to start in December.