Sure, we all had some reservations when Apple unveiled these wireless earbuds -- admit it, they look a little silly -- but we've been pleasantly surprised. In fact, these headphones are one of the best pairs to use at the gym, office, morning commute -- just about anywhere. One caveat: AirPods are by no means cheap. If you're going to pay $160 for some teeny, tiny hi-tech earbuds, you might as well treat yourself to some quality accouterments that will make your listening experience as luxurious and comfortable as possible.
Were you worried that Apple's delay in shipping AirPods would deprive you of a holiday gift? Apple has quietly started selling its first self-branded Bluetooth earphones through at least its online store. If you order now, the $159 earpiece set should reach your door by December 22nd. You can always spring for Beats headphones if you need to get something Apple-made right now, of course, but Cupertino is counting on the AirPods' smarts winning you over -- they're easy to set up, make Siri just a double-tap away and can detect when they're in your ears. We didn't think the audio quality was spectacular, but these are as much about convenience and phone calls as anything else.
We hope you weren't dead set on getting a pair of AirPods in the immediate future. Apple tells our TechCrunch colleagues that it's delaying the launch of its self-branded Bluetooth earbuds past their original late October launch window. The company needs a "little more time" to make them ready for your ears, according to a spokesperson. It's not clear what prompted the last-minute move, but early reviewers have occasionally noticed bugs -- it may just be a question of polish. You don't strictly need AirPods if you just want some of the benefits of Apple's W1 chip.
Get the best wireless headphones at their lowest price. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. Every single day, you probably see Apple AirPods hanging from the ears of commuters on trains or music lovers on the street. These tiny white earbuds have earned a cult-like following because they are that good.