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Apple's AirPods Out of Stock in Many European Countries [Update: Back in Stock]

AirPods are sold out and unavailable for purchase in many Apple retail stores across Europe and in Apple's online stores in those countries, as noticed by French site Watch Generation.

It's not clear when the AirPods went out of stock, but the earphones are listed as unavailable in countries that include the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Finland, Sweden, and others.


AirPods continue to be available for purchase in other countries in North America, South America, and Asia Pacific, with the shortage primarily limited to Europe.

There's no word on why AirPods are suddenly unavailable in so many European countries, but Watch Generation claims that a retail source said French Apple Stores sold out of a recent shipment and are awaiting the restock of a new version that could perhaps be next-generation AirPods.


Given that the AirPods are unavailable only in Europe, there could be another explanation related to tariffs or currency adjustments, so the shortage is not a clear sign of an imminent refresh.

Apple is rumored to be working on second-generation AirPods with an improved wireless chip that will enable "Hey Siri" functionality, alleviating the need to activate Siri through a double tap on the earphones.

These updated AirPods could also include a wireless charging case that will allow them to work with the AirPower charging mat that continues to be in development, but there is no word on when these rumored AirPods (or the AirPower charging mat) might launch.

Update: AirPods are once again in stock on the Apple online store in many European countries, with retail locations set to have the earphones available for purchase on Friday, October 19.

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4 weeks ago
A volume slider would be awesome, if it's even feasible.
Rating: 10 Votes
4 weeks ago
mine work great, but I will update them to get the new ones with Bluetooth 5.0 to match my phone and watch ;) (I can't believe it's almost been 2 years with them already)

edit: to clarify...to match my current iPhone (X) and Watch (series 4)
Rating: 7 Votes
4 weeks ago
OH MY GOSH. I really hope that means new ones are on the way!
Rating: 7 Votes
4 weeks ago
The week after purchasing my AirPods was the best week of my life musically speaking. I just had no idea how much that cord limited me before I went wireless. If the AirPods 2 have enough features to upgrade, I will happily give up another $160 for them, even though my first pair still works perfectly.
Rating: 6 Votes
4 weeks ago

I saw someone wearing airpods on the bus this morning - first time I’ve seen them in months..
Whereas a dozen or so people on the bus every day are wearing over-the-ear style wireless headphones.. JBL, Bose, Sennheiser, and occasionally Beats.

Wireless is clearly the future, but these little earphone thingies just don’t deliver the musicality, or the sound isolation. (Or the noise reduction that increasing numbers of new headphones support..)


Don’t know where you live but here in the Netherlands I see them everywhere, train, bus, gym, joggers, cyclists etc.
Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago
Don't trust any rumors about new airpods anymore. Will believe it once I have them in my pocket
Rating: 4 Votes
4 weeks ago
Everyones waiting Apple..

Rating: 4 Votes
4 weeks ago

What else do you want. BT5? Longer battery life?


Manual volume adjustment


Wireless is clearly the future, but these little earphone thingies just don’t deliver the musicality, or the sound isolation. (Or the noise reduction that increasing numbers of new headphones support..)


For my preferences and purposes, the AirPods' noise reduction is perfect.

I've jogged with probably a dozen headphones. If they have sound isolation, then I can't hear potential danger like cars. If they don't have sound isolation, then traffic noise is so loud I have to crank up the audio to uncomfortable levels.

AirPods have a perfect blend of reducing, but not eliminating, external noise. They isolate noise just enough that I can run with normal volume, but yet allow just enough noise in that I also have situational awareness.

I have owned about 30 headphones in my life and AirPods are so perfect for me that they are simply on an entirely different level. I don't think I can ever go back to anything else and be half as happy.
Rating: 3 Votes
4 weeks ago

What else do you want. BT5? Longer battery life?

That stuff would be nice, but mainly an upgrade in sound quality. I know they are not supposed to be "audiophile" quality but some new audio technology that produces better, more dynamic sound would be nice. I just want a better reason to upgrade than "Hey Siri"....some new innovation to be excited about.
Rating: 3 Votes
4 weeks ago

I predict new colours

You are wrong. They will come in a Disney-Edition in November - $189
Rating: 3 Votes

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