The $449 Sonos Wi-Fi headphones are delayed due to a software bug

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Sonos’ widely expected Wi-Fi-enabled headphones are facing a release delay due to a software bug according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Citing “people familiar with the matter,” Gurman said that the new product, which goes by Duke’s internal codename, won’t be available until at least the first half of June, a month later than the company had planned.

At the heart of this delay is a problem with the way the headphones connect to the available Wi-Fi network. The report claims that the bug was discovered during production validation testing, which is often scheduled two weeks before the start of mass production.

All existing Sonos products connect via Wi-Fi, and some, like the Sonos Move 2 and Sonos Era 300, are also capable of Bluetooth connections. However, the Sonos app – a key differentiator for the company – only supports Wi-Fi connected Sonos products, underscoring the importance of having a set of wireless headphones that can connect using both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Gurman said Sonos is preparing a new version of the app known internally as “Passport,” which could eventually add Bluetooth connectivity.

The headphones are expected to cost $449 when they launch. Sonos CEO Patrick Spence only alluded to the existence of new products in previous public comments, referring in 2023 to “our entry into a new, billion-dollar category in the second half of this year that will complement our current offering, which is exciting.” customers, and drive direct revenue.” Spence’s next public appearance will be a fireside chat with Sonos Chief Financial Officer Saori Casey on March 4 at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecommunications Conference.

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