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First AirPods Orders Begin Arriving in Australia and New Zealand as Apple Stores Begin Sales

It's Monday morning in New Zealand and Australia, which means the first customers who placed orders for Apple's new AirPods have begun receiving them according to reports from MacRumors readers.

Deliveries are taking place across the two countries now, and Apple retail stores in Australia have also begun selling AirPods to customers.

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AirPods that belong to MacRumors reader Sacha in New Zealand

In Australia, people who were hoping to get AirPods in store lined up early ahead of store openings, and as expected, supplies have been somewhat limited. At some stores, only a handful of AirPods were available, while others appear to have gotten more stock.

Customers who have received their AirPods are so far pleased with them. MacRumors reader Jason was impressed with how easy they were to sync and the sound quality. We'll have more first impressions a bit later as more customers receive their orders.

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Impressed with the ease to sync and setup the AirPods with my iPhone. Nice.

The sound is a lot better than I had anticipated. It can go very loud. Overall, after testing for only 15 minutes or so, sound is a bit better than the EarPods I received with my iPhone 7 Plus, which I mostly pretty impressed with.

And they fit extremely well into my ear - really don't feel like they will fall out. Very snug!
Based on early information coming from Australia, customers in Asia, the United Kingdom, and the United States will likely want to get to Apple retail locations before they open for the best shot at getting a set on launch day.

Apple has said retail stores will receive regular stock going forward, and third-party retailers like Best Buy are also going to be receiving AirPods stock starting tomorrow.

AirPods orders in other countries will begin arriving as Monday morning arrives. For customers who were not able to pre-order, purchasing AirPods in the store will be the only way to get them before January, as orders placed today will not ship out for six weeks in many countries.

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37 months ago
Probably get better battery life than our new MacBook Pros...
Rating: 32 Votes
37 months ago
I managed to get a pair from the Apple Store in Broadway in Sydney and have been testing them out for the last 15 mins.

Fit: Fits perfectly and there are no issues of them falling out. It just sat in my ear as I wandered around the house. They almost feel like they're not there cos they're so light.

Charging case: Standard Apple white plastic. Magnetic closure and snaps close very satisfyingly. The AirPods themselves also magnetically snap into their slots.

Sound: They do sound a bit clearer and better than the standard EarPods. I'm no audiophile but I'm very happy with the sound quality.

Connection: Took less than 5 seconds on the iPhone 7 plus. Opened the case and they automatically appeared on the phone screen. Opened my MacBook Pro and they showed up in less than 5 seconds under the bluetooth tab.

Transition between iPhone and MacBook:
Had music playing on the iPhone. Turned on the music on the MacBook and the music in the AirPods automatically stops. MB music plays through the speakers and doesn't automatically play in the AirPods though. You have to physically select AirPods in the bluetooth tab.
Opened the music app on the iPhone and the message "Looks like you're listening music on another device. To resume listening here, just press play". I did and the music from the iPhone came back into the AirPods.

Overall very happy with the purchase. I'm most satisfied with the simple connection and transition, and the fact that they fit perfectly with no risk of falling out.

Happy to take any questions :)









Rating: 31 Votes
37 months ago
Do I see USB-A only? Com'on Apple, if you play your (very unwise, to put it diplomatically) games with connectors, at least be so polite to your customers that you provide cables compatible with all your bloody products!
Rating: 28 Votes
37 months ago

C’mon earth!!! move faster round that damn sun!

Or you can do what I did. I had a friend in Australia buy them this morning. He shipped them 3 day air around the world counter clockwise so I received them last Friday. Been listening all weekend.:p:Do_O
Rating: 27 Votes
37 months ago

So the sound is a bit better than the free one's, I should hope so.


They're not free.
Rating: 25 Votes
37 months ago
C’mon earth!!! move faster round that damn sun!
Rating: 23 Votes
37 months ago

Does it what made it sound like that? :eek:

The mess is the i/o on the hardware Apple released this year. Phone that can't be plugged into the laptops they released a month later without an additional cable. No congruence whatsoever. Laptops that are all USB C, literally everything else they ship comes bundled with USB A cables :D


It's called a transition period, and they're never perfect. There were four choices and after analyzing the market a decision was made so the greatest number of people could charge their AirPods.

Option 1: Include a USB A cable for the billions of people who have a USB A charger of some kind, i.e. a pre 2016 Mac or PC, or any other USB A wall charger (Apple or any other manufacturer). Result on MR: Wah... along with stomping of feet, and tiny whines about Apple not serving their (relatively) small number people that have a 2016 MBP who now have to buy a cable or $4 adapter. Apple is doomed, TC should be canned, buh-blah, buh-blah, buh-blah.

Option 2: Include a USB C cable for the (relatively) small number of lucky people that have a 2016 MBP. Result on MR: Wah... along with stomping of feet, and tiny whines about there being a few billion people who only have devices with USB A charging capability (computers and USB A wall chargers) who now have to buy a cable or $4 adapter. Apple is doomed, TC should be canned, buh-blah, buh-blah, buh-blah.

Option 3: Include both USB A and USB C cables. Well, that's dumb as rocks and a load on the e-waste situation. Still, because of that, on MR there will be: Wah... along with stomping of feet, and tiny whines about Apple being wasteful and not sensitive to the environment. Apple is doomed, TC should be canned, buh-blah, buh-blah, buh-blah.

Option 4: Include no cables; and even reduce the price. Result on MR: Wah... along with stomping of feet, and tiny whines about Apple being cheap and greedy and not caring about their customers because people now have to use the a USB A to lightning cable they probably have laying around, or, buy a cable. Apple is doomed, TC should be canned, buh-blah, buh-blah, buh-blah.
Rating: 21 Votes
37 months ago
Some very salty people in here.
Rating: 19 Votes
37 months ago
About 40 people lined up in Brisbane CBD. People were grabbing 2-3 each and cleared the shelf. Fortunately there was a whole other shelf full of them.

Grabbed a pair, scanned and was out of there at 9:01.

Way more comfortable than I expected. Sounds good, at least for podcasts. Fits my ears perfectly. Will not fall out. Yes, even with headbanging.
Rating: 18 Votes
37 months ago

Cable not fitting into box = design crap.


The cable for the iPhone, Apple Watch, and wired EarPods don't fit inside their respective products, either. I'd rather keep the carry case small enough that I can easily carry it in my pocket.

Do I see USB-A only? Com'on Apple, if you play your (very unwise, to put it diplomatically) games with connectors, at least be so polite to your customers that you provide cables compatible with all your bloody products!


If Apple included a USB-C to Lightning cable then 95% of people would HAVE to run out and buy a USB-A to Lightning cable or repurpose one that they already have.

By including a USB-A to Lightning cable basically 100% of people can use it out of the box. If you have a new MacBook you probably have either a USB-C Lightning cable, a USB-A/C adapter, or a drawer full of USB-A charger blocks.
Rating: 18 Votes

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