Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Apple's AirPods, completely wireless earbuds, are now on sale
Apple’s AirPods are now on sale, after being delayed from their original October launch. The $159 wireless earbuds are currently listed as shipping later in December, and can be ordered here. Apple previously said it needed “a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers,” although we still don’t know the reason for the delay.
In a press release, Apple says that the AirPods “will be shipping in limited quantities at launch,” and that brick-and-mortar stores “will receive regular AirPod shipments.” AirPods will start appearing at Apple Stores, “select” carrier stores, and authorized Apple retailers next week. They’re launching in over 100 countries, including the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, and Japan.
The AirPods are a key accessory for the iPhone 7, one of the first major smartphones to ship without a headphone jack. They look almost identical to the company’s old EarPods, but now connect via Bluetooth using a W1 wireless chip, not over wires. For $159, you’ll get a pair of AirPods, a small charging case, and a Lightning-to-USB cable. They’re supposed to deliver five hours of listening on a charge, and the case allows them to charge while stored in your bag. There’s still no word on Apple’s Beats X earbuds, which appear to be delayed until next year.