Shipping times for Apple's BeatsX earbuds slip to as long as 2-3 weeks

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in General Discussion edited February 2017
Despite the product only going on sale on Friday, some U.S. shipments of Apple's BeatsX earbuds are already being delayed up to 2 to 3 weeks, AppleInsider checks show.




So far, the delays apply only to the gray color. Black and white models should still arrive on Feb. 14 or 15, while blue ones are slated to ship anywhere between Feb. 22 and Feb. 28, depending partly on whether a person pays for expedited shipping. Best Buy is also accepting orders for all four colors with the blue and gray styles set to ship by Feb. 22.

As recently as this morning, gray earbuds were due to ship at the same speed as blue ones. While Apple may simply have underestimated demand for the one color or had difficulties with production, the situation could also mean that delays for other colors aren't far behind.

The BeatsX, priced at $149.95, is the latest and cheapest of headphones with Apple's W1 wireless chip, which offers easier pairing with Apple hardware and strong overall Bluetooth connectivity. The earbuds do include some other features, namely Fast Fuel charging, an inline remote, and magnetic tips that lock together.

Apple first announced the headphones in September alongside the iPhone 7, but they missed a fall launch date, eventually forcing the company to postpone sales until today. In the meantime several other W1-equipped products have shipped, including the AirPods, and the Beats-branded Powerbeats3 and Solo3.

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,992member
    There goes the Valentines Day present I was hoping to get my wife.
  • Reply 2 of 7
    Tim the supply chain master. 
  • Reply 3 of 7
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,963member
    hill60 said:
    There goes the Valentines Day present I was hoping to get my wife.
    Oh great...now she knows! 
  • Reply 4 of 7
    BeatsX?

    pronounced Beat sex?

    Apple and their naming schemes...   I just don't know.  
    edited February 2017
  • Reply 5 of 7
    voodooru said:
    Tim the supply chain master. 
    We can't know the reason for the scarcity. I doubt it's because Cook sucks at supply chains (even tho that's not his job anymore), since he rocked that for years under Jobs. It could be as mundane as not being enough shifts in the day to crank out yet another hotly-demanded Apple product. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 7
    voodooru said:
    Tim the supply chain master. 
    We can't know the reason for the scarcity. I doubt it's because Cook sucks at supply chains (even tho that's not his job anymore), since he rocked that for years under Jobs. It could be as mundane as not being enough shifts in the day to crank out yet another hotly-demanded Apple product. 
    Except it seems more and more products have weeks long shipping delays the minute they go on sale. I highly doubt these headphones were that much in demand.
  • Reply 7 of 7
    macguimacgui Posts: 1,454member
    StrangeDays said: 
    I highly doubt these headphones were 
    that much in demand.


    I don't see why they wouldn't be. They:

    seem to do almost if not everything the AirPods (W1 chip) do,
    won't lose one of the buds,
    have physical buttons,
    are available in other colors than white,
    are $10 cheaper,
    and don't look dorky /s. LOL. 

    They're tempting me as I'm getting impatient for the AirPods. The big advantage of the AirPods for me is their compactness, no cord to fold up or get tangled.
    edited February 2017 Roger_Fingaswatto_cobra
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