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WSJ: Apple working to ensure that two AirPod units receive audio simultaneously

Apple’s AirPods are still not available. The reason is the company is still working to ensure that both earpieces receive audio at the same time, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“In most other wireless headphones, only one earpiece receives a signal from the phone via wireless Bluetooth technology; it then transmits the signal to the other earpiece,” the article says. “Apple has said AirPod earpieces each receive independent signals from an iPhone, Mac or other Apple device. But Apple must ensure that both earpieces receive audio at the same time to avoid distortion, the person familiar with their development said. That person said Apple also must resolve what happens when a user loses one of the earpieces or the battery dies.”

The AirPods were supposed to go on sale in October, but were delayed as Apple said it needed “a little more time” before they were ready for customers. They’re listed as “currently unavailable” and “coming soon” at the Apple online store.

AirPods are wireless headphones that allow users to listen to music, make phone calls, enjoy TV shows and movies, play games and interact with Siri. Apple says that advanced sensors know when you are listening and automatically play and pause your music. Using Siri, AirPods allow you to access the “personal assistant” with a double tap. 

The wireless headphones, including a charging case, will cost $159. AirPods require Apple devices running iOS 10, watchOS 3 or macOS Sierra.

I’m tempted to say that Apple should have resolves this issue before touting the AirPods weeks ago. But, then again, I’m glad Apple is perfecting the earpieces instead of releasing a buggy product.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.