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Launch of Apple's delayed BeatsX earbuds 'imminent,' stock check site claims

Apple's long-delayed BeatsX earbuds, one of the first to feature the company's new W1 wireless chip, may finally be on the verge of shipping, according to a website monitoring activity at online stores worldwide.

A flurry of product stock activity was spotted on Tuesday, iStockNow said, including even a brief false positive in Europe. Apple is allegedly "all ready" at its storefronts, and some more activity was spotted at the U.S. branch of Best Buy.

Apple's store page currently lists the BeatsX as "coming February." Best Buy, meanwhile, lists the product as "coming soon."

Apple originally announced the earbuds in September, alongside the iPhone 7 and three other headphone offerings, including the AirPods, Powerbeats3, and Solo3. Those products shipped in the fall, but in December the BeatsX was officially delayed until this month.

Like its siblings, the BeatsX is based on Apple's W1 wireless chip, which offers better Bluetooth connectivity and easier pairing with Apple devices. At $149.95, it's also Apple's cheapest new offering, especially for shoppers who still want tethered earpieces.

The buds also feature Beats's "Fast Fuel" charging, and magnetic tips that lock together.