AirPods 2 Now Available for In-Store Pickup

Apple's updated second-generation AirPods began arriving to customers around the world this morning, marking the official launch of the new earbuds.

The new ‌AirPods‌ have also made their way into stores and are available for in-store pickup. Many stores across the United States appear to have immediate availability of the ‌AirPods‌, so if you want a set, you can pop into a retail location and get them today.

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It's not clear how much available supply there is, but almost are stores are listing stock at the current time.

Retail stores are stocking the ‌AirPods‌ 2 with Wireless Charging Case ($199), ‌AirPods‌ 2 with standard Charging Case ($159), and the standalone Wireless Charging Case ($79) that adds wireless charging capabilities to your existing ‌AirPods‌.

Apple's second-generation ‌AirPods‌ continue to be available solely in white, and there were no design changes introduced with the update. The ‌AirPods‌ are equipped with an updated H1 chip, which brings connectivity improvements. ‌AirPods‌ now connect more quickly to your devices, and swapping between devices is two times faster.

Bluetooth 5.0 is supported for improved range, and the new ‌AirPods‌ have a hands-free "Hey Siri" feature so you no longer need to activate ‌Siri‌ by tapping on one of the earbuds (though this option still exists).

The major new feature with the ‌AirPods‌ 2 is of course wireless charging, which, with the Wireless Charging Case allows the ‌AirPods‌ and case to be charged using any Qi-based wireless charging option. When the long-awaited and still missing AirPower is released, the new ‌AirPods‌ Wireless Charging Case will be required to charge ‌AirPods‌ with the accessory.

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Top Rated Comments

Sheza Avatar
24 months ago
Requires: watchOS 5.2

Not out yet: watchOS 5.2
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Guda.FL Avatar
24 months ago
Ugh, should if just went in to pick them up today. not Ship it. :( tomorrow it is.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zakarhino Avatar
24 months ago
This is exactly why I didn’t order them on release, the delivery date had already slipped to April. Figured I could pick up a pair early this week in store and that’s exactly what I just did. Broke my gen 1s about 4 days prior to gen 2 release so thta was some good timing.

AirPods are a long conference call savior, couldn’t take calls without them.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NDefer Avatar
24 months ago

14 day return policy...

already on it, ordered a pair for in store pickup and will return the others when they arrive next week. Not a very good customer experience but life goes on.
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NDefer Avatar
24 months ago

Can somebody please confirm - the article says these are BlueTooth 5 complaint but I recall many people unable to see if that was the case...

They are bluetooth 5.
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metalsiren Avatar
24 months ago
lol we are all thinking the same thing.... one day earlier would have been nice but getting them tomorrow. my store would be Crabtree in Raleigh and that place is a PIA to deal with (because of the traffic around there) so I will just wait.
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