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Apple's BeatsX earphones officially delayed until February

Though Apple's AirPods will get into the hands of some consumers just days before Christmas, those waiting for the BeatsX earphones will have to wait until 2017, as the company's website has been updated with a February shipping window.

The delay aligns with details shared by authorized Apple reseller B&H on Monday, who said the manufacturer did not know exactly when the BeatsX earphones will begin shipping. The reseller said the delay would be at least 2 to 3 months.

Announced back in September alongside the rest of Apple's W1-equipped headphones, the BeatsX were originally scheduled to debut this fall. No explanation has been given for the delays, but the proprietary W1 chip is not likely the culprit, as Apple is already shipping the Powerbeats3 and Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones featuring the same custom silicon.

While the BeatsX apparently won't ship until February at the earliest, Apple's AirPods are now available to order with an advertised arrival date of Dec. 21.

The W1 chip found in all of Apple's latest wireless headphones allows for fast Bluetooth pairing with Apple hardware, and a more robust connection between an audio player and the audio device.