AirPods Now Shipping to Customers Around the World

After going up for order on Tuesday, Apple's AirPods have now been marked as "shipped" for the first wave of customers who were lucky enough to order their pair before delivery estimates slipped to four weeks, and then six weeks. Many users in the United States, Australia, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere have taken to Twitter and Reddit to share that their AirPods shipments are on the way.

Delivery dates still vary slightly among customers, but the average estimates suggest deliveries on either December 20 or December 21. AirPods launched in more than 100 countries around the world, and a few areas in Europe and Australia saw slightly earlier delivery dates for the wireless headphones than those given to U.S. customers, with some as soon as Monday, December 19. Australia customers specifically reported shipping status updates earlier in the week.

For anyone who missed out on the first run of orders, Apple will begin selling the AirPods in its retail stores Monday morning. Some of the company's authorized resellers and a few carrier stores will also be receiving AirPods stock next week. Given how fast they sold out online, the supply of AirPods in retail locations is also expected to be limited. Nevertheless, in the press release on Tuesday, Apple said that its retail locations will receive "regular AirPods shipments" going forward.

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39 months ago
Mine shipped. Coming a day early. I blame Tim Cook.

(Had to fit in with the average irrational MacRumors poster.)
Rating: 52 Votes
39 months ago
Just be careful when wearing them :D

Rating: 22 Votes
39 months ago

I still cannot understand why anyone would buy these as they are substantially inferior in sound compared to most other wireless earbuds.

Not only that, they are a heck of a lot more expensive too!

Plus you can lose them!

And then pay an additional $70 to replace one! Ridiculous.

It just boggles me. I have the Jaybird X2's which I got for $80 and they've been serving me incredibly well with exceptional sound, and they have a band around both earpieces so you don't lose them.

This is how the AirPods should've been, Apple.

* Have you listened to the AirPods already and tested that they're "substantially inferior in sound compared to most other wireless earbuds?" Lucky you, especially since NO one (who has ordered them last week) in the world has received a pair. Could you kindly enlighten us with your article and testing methods?
* Maybe some people don't want the wire between the two earbuds?
* Maybe people just want to use ONE earbud when taking calls or listening to a podcast?
* Maybe you just don't buy them if you don't like them?
* Maybe you should design the next/real AirPods?

Genuine questions.
Rating: 14 Votes
39 months ago
I'm in this first wave. Apple says delivers the 21st but FedEx says the 20th. We shall see.
Rating: 12 Votes
39 months ago

So what do you reckon the chance of these being in my local Apple Store in Kingston, Uk on Monday?

Seriously though, analysing what Apple said: "Stores will receive regular shipments", is precisely the same as what they said about the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard last year, and they were impossible to find. Trying central London stores as soon as they open is your best shot.

Rating: 12 Votes
39 months ago

Mine shipped. Coming a day early. I blame Tim Cook.

(Had to fit in with the average irrational MacRumors poster.)

Just for completeness:
- Apple is so doomed.
- Tim Cook needs to be uninstalled.
- This never would have happened if Steve were still alive.

UPDATE: I'm a long time Apple fan but might switch to [Brand X] because [x, y, z].
Rating: 8 Votes
39 months ago

They shipped in Canada too.

Even more difficult to find in the snow.
Rating: 7 Votes
39 months ago

I get it. You make a ridiculous statement to mock all the very legitimate complaints aired about Apple and Cook in particular. Lame.

No, while there are legitimate complaints about Apple and Cook, he's mocking all of the frivolous, asinine, stupid, etc. complaints that are posted here with regular frequency.
Rating: 6 Votes
39 months ago

Yeah I don't have a problem with you or others wearing them, they just wouldn't work for me. I just thought it was interesting that you were so excited about them. I live in a small town and still get people asking if my Apple Watch is a phone watch thingy. I wouldn't even think about wearing wireless headphones and having a smartphone and a phone watch all at the same time in public.

I'm not sure why it's fashionable to wear giant headphones around but I can tell you that I like the way they sound.

Well, as I mentioned above, I am stoked at the possibility of the Airpods being the "Apple Pencil" of earbuds. Just like the Apple Pencil made the writing experience on an iPad sublime by removing all the traditional pain points of using a conventional stylus, I am hoping that Apple can do the same for wireless earbuds as well.

I embraced the Apple ecosystem on the promise of an integrated computing solution which just works out of the box. I haven't been disappointed yet. The Airpods represent precisely the sort of solution I am paying Apple to provide. [emoji4]
Rating: 5 Votes
39 months ago

I'm not interested either....
No way I'm going to yell 'next song' in public or during sports. iTunes is constantly on shuffle and I skip a lot of songs.

if these were more subtle like 'tap 2 times on the right ear to skip a song" vs "tap one time on left ear to pick up a phone call", I'd seriously consider them.

It's the Siri integration that's too much. :D

Then just turn off the Siri integration:

"Choose your double tap
When you double-tap either AirPod, you can use Siri to control your audio content, change the volume, or do anything else Siri can do. You can also choose to have double tap only play and pause your content, or you can turn it off completely."
Rating: 5 Votes

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