AirPods to be Available in Apple Retail Stores Starting Monday Morning

Apple will begin selling AirPods in its retail stores starting on Monday, December 19, according to a retail source that shared the news with MacRumors. Apple is currently informing stores about the imminent launch and shipping product to retail locations.

Apple previously announced that AirPods would be in stores next week, but did not give specific information on when the in-store launch would take place. In addition to retail stores, carrier stores and Apple Authorized Resellers will also be receiving stock.

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AirPods first went on sale online on Tuesday, December 13, but supplies were highly limited. Delivery estimates slipped to four weeks within an hour and a half, and orders placed now won't ship out for six weeks.

Customers who were lucky enough to be able to place an AirPods order right when they became available will start to receive shipments early next week, but for those who weren't able to make an order, in store purchase will be the only option for getting AirPods in time for the holidays. Apple has already started charging credit cards and shipments have already started going out in Australia ahead of December 19 delivery dates.

Given how quickly AirPods sold out online, in-store supplies are likely to be limited, but Apple says its retail locations will be receiving regular AirPods shipments going forward.

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Top Rated Comments

profets Avatar
76 months ago
cant wait to see people walking around looking like they have cotton hanging out of their ears
As opposed to cotton with strings connected to it like we've been used to for 15 years?
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Larry The L Avatar
76 months ago
I got a bad feeling about these being rushed to market the week before Christmas
So the pointing and laughing begins on Tuesday?
Can't wait to hear about the issues on Tuesday
cant wait to see people walking around looking like they have cotton hanging out of their ears
LOL.

SOMEONE'S JELLY.
Lol dog toys.. Anyway yeah I'm putting money on a huge amount of issues on these

Clearly they are desperately getting them out for Christmas
Oh, just in time for the wireless future!

/s

If you're going to kill a standard, at least be ready. Apple knew for how long they were removing the 3.5mm jack but still couldn't manage to get these out in the promised timeframe.

Why does a company this size struggle so much with timeliness?
as long as they won't explode ...
exhibit A: why apple can continue selling garbage for hundreds of dollars past reasonable amounts
I was trying to find some intelligent posts. But most are like the ones I quoted. How sad and useless if someone is actually looking for real information here. It's just not possible.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
andy.ringwood Avatar
76 months ago
cant wait to see people walking around looking like they have cotton hanging out of their ears
LOL.

SOMEONE'S JELLY.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
andy.ringwood Avatar
76 months ago
I got a bad feeling about these being rushed to market the week before Christmas
They haven't been rushed to market. They've been delayed nearly two months. There were never any hardware issues with them, just manufacturing issues.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
stanman64 Avatar
76 months ago
I was trying to find some intelligent posts. But most are like the ones I quoted. How sad and useless if someone is actually looking for real information here. It's just not possible.
I've noticed I've been spending more time on r/apple on Reddit rather than MacRumors lately... MR user base has declined in maturity.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sinsin07 Avatar
76 months ago

with my 1000 dollars in audio equipment, im totally jealous of apple's wireless earpods

LOL.

SOMEONE ORDERED THESE AND HAS BUYER'S REMORSE.
Did you mean $10,000 in audio equipment?
Cause $1,000 in audio equipment ani't s***.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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