Apple announced via press release this morning that the long awaited AirPods are now available. It didn’t take long after the announcement for the shipping times to begin slipping. The earphones is available on Apple’s website to order, as of this writing, the ship times were holding steady at 4 weeks. So if you were looking to give these as a holiday gift, good luck. The only way to do that now is to stake out your local Apple Store and hope for the best. the PR said that AirPods would be made available at retail locations “Next Week”.
Originally scheduled to ship by the end of October, Apple delayed indefinitely because they just weren’t ready. The reasoning I’ve heard tossed around by various people, including John Gruber of Daring Fireball, is that the AirPods were extremely difficult to manufacture at scale. Whatever the reasoning, this definitely seems like a black eye for Apple, who famously doesn’t announce anything until it’s ready to ship, precisely to avoid these issues. Even so, I’m personally glad that Apple decided to take the potential blowback rather than release a sub-par product.
Now I just need to get my hands on a pair.