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The publication quotes a source who said that the company needs to ensure that both earpieces need to receive audio at the same time in order to avoid audio distortion. In most other wireless headphones, only one earpiece receives the signal from the phone, and then transmits it to the other earpiece.
However, a report by Daring Fireball says that manufacturing issues are to blame for the delay, and not any technical issues. It also notes that issues like what happens when a user loses one of the Airpods, or when the battery dies have been solved during development.
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Earlier this month, it was reported that Tim Cook sent an email to a customer telling him that the device should start shipping “over the next few weeks.” The company was initially supposed to launch the new Airpods in October.