WSJ: Apple AirPods delay is technical; caused by audio sync issue
According to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report, Apple's delayed launch of its AirPods wireless headphones is rooted in a technical issue related to the audio sync capability of the device.
The AirPods wireless headphones were officially announced by Apple at its iPhone 7 launch event held in September; and were scheduled to hit the markets in October. The AirPods, priced at $159, compliment the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets which do not feature the traditional headphone jack.
The launch of the AirPods was delayed by Apple in October, without giving any specific reason. The company has neither officially disclosed the expected launch date for the headphones nor has it provide any other update on the delay. Its online store lists the AirPods as "coming soon."
However, about the AirPods delay, unidentified sources have told the WSJ that the delay is a technical one. Drawing attention to the fact that AirPods rely on a proprietary Apple chip which communicates with both earbuds for streaming audio, the WSJ sources have also revealed that Apple is working to ensure that signals are received simultaneously by both earbuds, so as to reduce connection drops.
One of the WSJ sources explained that "Apple must ensure that both earpieces receive audio at the same time to avoid distortion;" and added that Apple is attempting to "resolve what happens when a user loses one of the earpieces or the battery dies."
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