Bluetooth-enabled headphones are available to order, but may face shipping delays.
Speculation has ended over when Apple will make their new Bluetooth-enabled AirPods available for purchase, but due high demand and other factors, you may not be able to listen to your music on them until after the holidays.
According to macrumors.com, the company originally planned to offer the listening devices for sale back in October, but delayed the launch without giving a specific reason for the delay.
Apple issued a press release saying the wireless headphones would be available in Apple Stores, Authorized Retailers and select carriers next week, and that customers would be able to order online immediately.
But, Apple said the shipments would begin in “limited quantities” at first, and advised their customers to check the online store for updates on availability and shipping dates and times. An update on the macrumor site says delivery estimates are now at “4 weeks.”
The Bluetooth-enabled headphones offer high-quality sound through a “seamless and automatic connection” to your iPhone or other Apple device. The headphones come with a carrying case, that also re-charges the headphones, that is said to deliver an additional charge of up to 24 hours of battery life.
The AirPods realize when you pull the device out of your ear and automatically pause your music, but playback controls are handled by double-tapping the pods and using Siri-enabled voice commands.
Apple’s release touted the ease of use for the new AirPods, saying, “With AirPods, setting up and using wireless headphones has never been easier. Just open the charging case near your iPhone and with a simple tap, AirPods are immediately set up with all the devices signed into your iCloud account, including your Apple Watch, iPad and Mac.”
“This revolutionary experience is enabled by the new ultra-low power Apple W1 chip,” continued the press release, “which enables AirPods to deliver high-quality audio and industry-leading battery life in a completely wireless design.”
The AirPods will deliver up to five hours of listening time on a single charge, and sell for $159, including the charging/carrying case. The company says they are available in over 100 countries and territories, and require the latest version of iOS, watchOS 3, or macOS Sierra.