Remember that scene in “Temple of Doom” where Indiana Jones ducks under the rapidly-closing door and then leans back to grab his hat? The iPhone 7 is Indy, the hat represents the AirPods, and the door is Christmas.
This is not a good start for the clinching argument for why the iPhone no longer has a headphone jack, and it has been exacerbated by poor communication. This can’t be a W1 issue, because there are two Beats models that are shipping right now. But the Beats X earbuds — probably the closest analogue to the AirPods in size and form — also aren’t shipping. Curious.