Apple AirPods finally available for purchase, making the holiday rush

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Merry Christmas! Apple AirPods are now available to order from Apple.

Well, we’ve been speculating as to why Apple has delayed their AirPods for so long and we still don’t have a clear answer as to why. Now the company has just released the AirPods for purchase which means they should make the holiday rush. Our assessment of the delay in the AirPods was connectivity issues since other competing brands have had the issue. Now we’re hearing another hypothesis that involves Apple’s W1 chip that powers the AirPods. Some are claiming the reason Apple delayed the AirPods was due to problems getting enough W1 chips for production.

The W1 chip problem is also said to be affecting Apple’s subsidiary, Beats. Noted Apple apologist, John Gruber, also says the W1 chip supply was the reason for the delay and not connectivity. Although he did admit to his own pair of AirPods losing connection, though he says it was a rare occurrence.

The rest of the article is useless speculation. I’m not even sure that this one source — the “person familiar with the development of the AirPod” — is correct. My prototype AirPods have no trouble staying in sync. They’ve never once been out of sync, in fact. There have been a small handful of times when one of the two buds turns off, and audio only plays through one of them. But I’ve only seen that three or four times, tops, and in each case it was fixed by putting the AirPods back in the case for a second or two.

We haven’t ordered the AirPods but in light of all this buzz, I may personally pick up a pair just to test them myself. My experience with wire-free earbuds was much like John Gruber’s, I lost connection to one bud and no, it didn’t happen all the time but enough to be annoying. It’s possible that Apple created a software fix that has cleared the issue up to a tolerable level, but without them commenting on why they delayed the AirPods, we will never really know. If we were wrong I’d love to know that.

I suppose Apple’s main concern was fixing the issue to make the holiday rush because, sales. If you do happen to get a pair, please test them out and let us know how well they work and if you lose connectivity in one ear bud at any point.

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  Source: CNET
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