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Apr 12, 2001

Apple's new BeatsX wireless earphones remain listed as "coming this Fall" on its website in the United States, despite just nine days remaining before the first official day of winter in the northern half of the world.

Now, we have reason to believe Apple may miss this target. In an email to a customer this weekend, authorized reseller B&H Photo Video said Apple has informed them shipping will not begin for at least 2-3 months.
This email is being sent in regards to your order for 1 of the Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX In-Ear Headphones (Black).

We regret to inform you that the manufacturer has informed us that they still do not know when they will begin shipping this item but they do know that it will take at least 2-3 months. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this delay has caused you.
If the timeline holds true, BeatsX shipments would not begin until around February or March. Apple could still release BeatsX earphones on its website ahead of time, before providing shipments to B&H Photo Video, but a 2-3 month gap before third-party sales begin would be unusual for an Apple product.

Apple announced the BeatsX at its iPhone 7 event in September alongside its AirPods, which were also delayed beyond their planned late October launch and have yet to become available. Apple pundit John Gruber cited manufacturing issues at scale with AirPods, so perhaps Apple is facing similar issues with BeatsX pairs.

In terms of AirPods, Gruber loosely said he has heard from at least one source who pointed to a launch in the next week or so, although Gruber is not ruling out a launch in January or later. Listen to the latest episode of The Talk Show podcast, where he and guest Glenn Fleishman discuss the topic around the 76:35 mark.

New versions of Beats Solo3 and Powerbeats3 headphones powered by Apple's new W1 chip were released in September and October respectively.

(Thanks, Christian!)

Article Link: Apple Reseller B&H Says BeatsX Earphones Delayed At Least 2-3 Months


macrumors newbie
Dec 19, 2011
Some of the competitors that you can buy from right now
  • Earin
  • Kanoa
  • Bragi Dash
  • Motorola VerveOnes

And the new Jabra Elite are really nice. I purchased the Earin November of 2015 and love them but the range is limited for working out. The new Jabra are great with range and incredible sound for this type of tech. Still plan to use the Earin for my casual use.
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macrumors 6502a
Oct 14, 2016
San Jose
The Powerbeats Wireless 2 are phenomenal. Great sound, they never fall out, and 6 hour battery life ought to be enough for most people. Also, they can be purchased for $99 now that the new ones are avail. I recommend either the Wireless 2 or the new, more expensive ones (if you must have 12 hour battery life & W1 chip).

For the life of me I cannot understand why anyone would feel they need to hold out for the Airpods, though admittedly I have several friends who are doing so. Aren't they going to fall out/get lost almost immediately??


Mar 21, 2011
Is there any link between this and the delay of Airpods? When anyone says "loosey" that means they dunno.

In which case perhaps a February date in line with BeatsX.

My Mac will arrive sooner :) And that's all that matters.
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