An e-mail, purportedly sent by Apple CEO Tim Cook, suggests that the wait for Airpods may end in a few weeks.
Apple’s AirPods were originally slated for release in late October. As the deadline neared, Apple announced that it needed “a little more time”, with the added note that the company “doesn’t believe in shipping a product before it’s ready.”
The launch of AirPods has been delayed for a little over a month now, with conflicting rumors suggesting that they will ship in December or January. In the meantime, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners have been left hanging, unable to charge their phones and use their EarPods at the same time, and uncertain as to whether they need to go out and buy wireless alternatives.
It seems that one Apple customer had enough and decided to take matters into his or her own hands, penning a polite, but firmly worded e-mail to Cook demanding a clearer explanation.
That customer’s message was obtained by MacRumors: “Give us a release date. I really bought in to the wireless vision you painted. Now I’m stuck waiting with my EarPods but can’t charge my 7 at the same time which I need to do at work. Let us know if it’s a month or 6 months, because then I’ll just buy some other wireless headphones.”
The request apparently reached Cook, who replied with the following: “Thanks for your note. Sorry for the delay—we are finalizing them and I anticipate we will begin to ship over the next few weeks.”
MacRumors has examined the correspondence and states that it appears to be legitimate, with the disclaimer that it’s always possible for e-mails to be faked. If Cook’s e-mail is authentic, it looks like AirPods are due to ship sometime in December or January after all.
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