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B&H claims Apple's BeatsX earbuds will go on sale Dec. 16

Apple will finally launch its BeatsX earbuds — equipped with the company's proprietary W1 wireless chip — on Dec. 16, according to retailer B&H.

A listing on B&H's website was pointed out by AppleInsider reader Bryce. Apple has never given an official release date for the earbuds, except that they should ship sometime before Christmas.

Indeed B&H's date could just be a reasonable prediction — but Apple would presumably share information with retailers when it's ready, especially for a product that isn't supposed to be a major secret.

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While also working with third-party hardware, the W1 chip allows for quicker pairing with Apple devices, and in fact several of them simultaneously thanks to iCloud. The chip also offers extreme range, possibly up to 400 feet or more in the case of the Beats Solo3 Wireless, the first headphones with the technology.

So far, the only shipping products with the W1 include the Solo3 Wireless and the Powerbeats3 Wireless. Apple's self-branded AirPods have been delayed, though they might finally arrive later this month.