AirPods Launch Rumors Now Include Dates in Late November and December

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    Adding to the pile of recent guesswork rumors centering around the launch of Apple's AirPods, this week a collection of foreign retail websites have listed the Bluetooth headphones with new dates suggesting availability before the end of the year.

    First off, today Mac4Ever discovered that French retail website Fnac has posted the AirPods for pre-order, with a suggested shipping date of November 30. If true, that would mark a launch following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but still leave customers plenty of time to add AirPods to their holiday shopping list.

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    One of many predicted AirPods shipping dates from foreign resellers, this one Fnac


    Last week, a launch supposedly set for around tomorrow, November 18, was floated by an Apple reseller, which reportedly told a customer it would be getting AirPods stock today, November 17. Although an impending launch as soon as tomorrow is unlikely, many Apple retail stores have been receiving demo units of the AirPods to demonstrate to customers and teach employees how to use them, suggesting Apple still intends to launch the device sooner rather than later next year.

    Earlier in the week Letem svetem Applem discovered that Czech website Alza had listed the AirPods as launching December 2016. That date has since been removed from the site, which now simply states that it "accepts pre-orders" for the AirPods.

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    If production does begin in December, as predicted by Barclays, that still leaves the option that AirPods might not launch until January 2017, which was one of the first delayed date estimates for the headphones after Apple postponed the launch beyond October. Despite that rumor, and a few other extraneous websites that mark AirPods availability as late as March 2017, many still believe it's most likely that Apple will get the AirPods out in time for the holiday shopping season.

    With the highly divergent launch dates sprouting up online, it's clear that no one officially knows exactly when the AirPods will come out. On Apple.com, the AirPods are listed as both "coming soon" and "currently unavailable." Following the delay, Apple explained that it needed "a little more time" with the AirPods before they would be ready to launch, but didn't divulge specific reasons why it chose to do so.

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    im wondering what the issue was on why they were "not quite ready yet" in the 1st place.
     
  4. benz240 macrumors regular

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    Too little, too late. Bought some QC35s and loving them
     
  5. Traverse macrumors 604

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    I just wish I could preorder them so that I don't have to worry about buying them right at release and facing massive back orders.
     
  6. Spendlove macrumors 6502

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    Very excited about these. Waiting for some real world hands on reviews from you guys and hopefully a better way to skip tracks and volume control other than Siri.
     
  7. Fall Under Cerulean Kites macrumors 6502

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    yep, just about the same thing.
     
  8. TallManNY macrumors 601

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    Have third parties started making any attachments to make the Airpods more secure? I saw that Spigen created a $10 strap to connect the two airpods so they can go around your neck. I'm wondering if someone has made a clip so they can still be cordless but so that there is loop around your ears. I'm a big guy, with correspondingly and proportional large ears, so "one size fits all" does not often work for me.
     
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    My guess is battery issues. Not battery life issues but "we want to make sure we don't have a Note 7 problem" battery issues.
     
  10. SethBoy macrumors regular

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    Apple really should have done wireless earphones months/a year before removing the headphone jack, not after.
     
  11. TallManNY macrumors 601

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    Apple Watch is your solution there.
     
  12. Fall Under Cerulean Kites macrumors 6502

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    I’m hoping that is what the holdup resulted from. A re-engineering of the interface.
     
  13. costeta macrumors member

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    When is the dongle to secure the straps getting released?
     
  14. Fall Under Cerulean Kites macrumors 6502

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    meh. They included lightning earbuds in the box. And an adapter. That’s a good enough stopgap for me.
     
  15. PJWilkin macrumors regular

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    I ended up getting some PowerBeats 3's from the local Apple Store

    They work, they may not be the best in the world, but the W1's pairing capability is excellent
     
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    That's all cool and stuff, but where are the BeatsX?! They're still coming in the "fall". It seems like everything this year is back ordered. I cant buy a 7+, Series 2, Nike+, or MacBook Pro TB, in any of my 3 Apple Stores. Best Buy has all of them in stock but no corporate discount. :(
     
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    If these release this month I'll buy a pair and eat them...

    And for those people wanting the Beats X, there's no way they'll go on-sale before the AirPods hit the market.
     
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    Is it safe to assume that the Airpods and the BeatsX earphones will be released at the same time?
     
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    Screw the AirPods, give me my MacBook Pro and release the Beats X!
     
  22. SciTeach3 macrumors newbie

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    I am with you on this!!! I am desperately wanting some wireless earphones and want the BeatsX but if they do not quickly at least give an actual release date, I am just going to go out and buy something else. I cannot believe they are wanting to leave a lot of money on the table by missing out on the start of the holiday shopping season.
     
  23. Mike Oxard macrumors 6502a

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    Lots of people say they want apple to wait and get it exactly right, but it may just be a manufacturing issue. Maybe they can't make them in sufficient volumes at the right price?
     
  24. AppleWarMachine macrumors 65816

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    Too little. Too late. Bought some Bose Soundsport wireless. :D
     
  25. blacktape242 macrumors 65816

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    I hope you post photos of this happening....I want to see it :D
     

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