Apple's AirPods may be available sooner than previously said, according to Mac4Ever. Rumors of Apple's new bluetooth earbuds release date continue, but French retailer Fnac is telling customers the product will allegedly ship on Nov. 30, just in time for those holiday shopping. The retailer has begun its pre-order process for the AirPods. The AirPods, which were announced during Apple's September event, were supposed to launch in late October. However, the company said it still needed "a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers."
It's already "late October" and it's the period Apple is expected to launch its wireless earbuds called the AirPods. The entirely wireless earbuds were showcased during the Cupertino giant's launch event for its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. Since the device was first advertised, it caught the attention of many consumers. Unfortunately, expectant customers should wait a little more before they can get their own pair. This Wednesday, Apple announced the disappointing news that its AirPods will not be released before the month of October ends.
At long last, Apple is making its wireless AirPods earbuds available online and in its stores. As of Tuesday, Apple is promising a delivery date of Dec. 21 on the AirPods, though heavy demand for the earbuds might push that back. Apple will start selling the $159 AirPods in its retail stores next week. Apple unveiled the AirPods at a press event in September alongside its new handset, the iPhone 7. The AirPods are the first wireless earbuds from the company, but they sport the familiar white design popularized in its earlier, wired earbuds. The AirPods are the first from Apple to support the company's new W1 chip, using sensors and an accelerometer to detect when the AirPods are in a user's ears.
Apple quietly put its long-delayed wireless AirPods on sale this week. Retailing in the US for $159, the BlueTooth based solution uses Apple's own W1 communications chip to allow for a'no-wires' audio solution. Given the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the AirPods are a key part of Apple's vision of portable audio in 2017 and beyond. I still think that Apple dropped the ball by not having the AirPods ready to go on sale along with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but they are available now. Ordering online offers delivery times up to four weeks, but Apple Stores are getting regular (but limited) stocks, so you might be able to walk up in the days before Christmas.
If you want to pair your iPhone with Apple's AirPod wireless earbuds, you're out of luck for a while longer. Despite being released last September, the wireless earbuds remain out of stock at online and brick-and-mortar retailers like Best Buy and Amazon. Through Apple, the AirPods still have an estimated six-week wait time for shipping and are out of stock at most Apple retail stores. That said, Apple is aware of the shortages. A spokesperson told CNET the company is working to reload its inventory as soon as possible.