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Apple Delays AirPods Wireless Headphones Announced With iPhone 7

  • $159 accessory was planned to go on sale in late October
  • Company says it needs ‘a little more time’ to ready device
An attendee wears the Apple Inc. AirPod wireless headphones during an event in San Francisco on Sept. 7, 2016.

An attendee wears the Apple Inc. AirPod wireless headphones during an event in San Francisco on Sept. 7, 2016.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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Apple Inc. announced that its anticipated AirPods, a pair of wireless headphones, will no longer ship this month as planned. The AirPods were introduced in September alongside the iPhone 7, which was designed without a standard headphone jack.

“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,” Trudy Muller, an Apple spokeswoman, said Wednesday. Apple didn’t provide a technical reason for the delay nor a new shipping date.