Some may remember that back in December of last year, Apple had started to make its wireless AirPods available for ordering (for a price of $159). As listed in the tech giant’s official online store, the ship time indicated was six weeks. Fast forwarding to April of this year, the headphones are still listed with a ship time of six weeks, not only in the company’s online store, but also in other online retailers authorized by Apple, like Best Buy for instance. In Apple’s online United Kingdom and Australia online stores, the ship time is also indicated as six weeks. So what is going on?
Well according to CNET, it appears that Apple can not manufacture its AirPods fast enough to meet the indicated ship time. CNET’s report pointed out, however, that the six week ship time is a bit of a conservative timeline estimate, and it is possible that consumers who ordered may get their AirPods delivered earlier than expected.
As explained by a spokesperson for Apple who corresponded with CNET -- there apparently continues to be impressive demand for the AirPods, and the company is busy trying to make the headphones as quickly as possible so that those who ordered can get their AirPods in time. Apple also confirmed that its physical outlets continue to receive shipments of AirPods, which means that those interested in buying the headphones can visit the nearest Apple store and check if there are any available for purchasing.
It was reported back in October of last year that the original launch date for the AirPods was going to be delayed. Sure, launch delays are not uncommon in the world of mobile, especially when manufacturers just want to make sure their products are fully ready (sans glitches or any hardware issues) before they hit store shelves everywhere.
By the time that Apple announced last December that the AirPods were now available, the news was obviously a welcome one for Apple’s fans. Positioned as truly wireless headphones, the AirPods have generated some buzz, especially among music loving iOS mobile users. Apart from having no connecting wires at all, each ear bud of the sleek earpieces is fitted with its own battery and antenna, and is able to communicate independently of the other. The ear buds’ batteries can last up to five hours with nonstop use. For good measure, the headphones also come with a carrying case, which also happens to come with the ability to charge the batteries.
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