Could Apple’s AirPods be delayed due to connectivity problems?

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Apple’s AirPods were kind of a big deal for Apple when they announced them at their iPhone Keynote, but they’re still nowhere to be found. There have been a few reviews from high-profile blogs and websites on the AirPods but regular users have yet to see theirs at all. Apple delayed the release of AirPods in October citing that the device was not ready for the market just yet in a statement at the time to Business Insider.

“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.”

Apple’s AirPods have gotten a lot of hate over their design, but there are some who are eagerly awaiting these to be available. Making sure your product is as good and bug-free as it can be before unleashing it on the public is generally a good idea, but what exactly is the problem Apple?

Could Apple’s issue come down to an unreliable Bluetooth connection? I’ve had the chance to review two sets of wire-free headphones, one from Rowkin and the other from SmartOmi. Both of these wire-free offerings had great sound, but they both suffered from one issue, connectivity. The way wire-free headphones work is a bit different than a regular pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones. First, you must pair one of the buds to your phone, then you pair the other bud to the “master” bud. This means the Bluetooth signal goes from your device to the master bud which then goes to the second paired bud.

Since my reviews of both the Rowkin and SmartOmi, I have found that the connection between the master and second bud drops out. Rowkin did offer a fix that does help but doesn’t solve the issue. With the Rowkins, you can rotate one bud until the connection comes back, but it’s a pain to have to deal with. This could be the very issue that Apple is facing with its own AirPods and why the company hasn’t released them just yet.

It’s also interesting that none of the reviews that exist mention connectivity issues, but then Apple could have these reviewers signing NDAs which prohibit them from speaking on such things.

I’m not sure what the actual fix for these connectivity issues would be, a software fix or hardware fix. What I do know is, after testing two sets of wire-free buds, this is the issue I am seeing with them. I have two more pairs of wire-free buds coming in for review, and it should be interesting to see if these also have the same issues. I would be curious to know why Apple is holding back release, just to know if perhaps my conclusion is correct.

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