AirPods Shipping Sooner Than Expected to Many Customers

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AirPods became available for purchase on Apple's website on December 13, and customers who ordered quickly began receiving their shipments as early as December 19. Orders quickly became backlogged, however, and Apple's shipping estimate slipped to four weeks in less than two hours, and to six weeks by the following day.

For customers that ordered within the past nine days, the six-week wait potentially meant waiting until late January or early February to get the all-new wireless earphones. Fortunately, as is often the case, Apple is now shipping many of those orders sooner than expected, with some deliveries now slated for late December.

AirPods delivered to MacRumors forum member iPhenom

"Just received my shipping notice for my AirPod order," said MacRumors reader York in an email. "The original delivery date was January 12, but it should arrive on December 28th." Likewise, another reader with an original December 29 delivery estimate has now seen his AirPods ship with an estimated delivery date of December 23.

In the AirPods order tracking topic in the MacRumors discussion forums, a handful of other customers with estimated delivery dates ranging from December 29 to January 12 claim their AirPods have now shipped for delivery as early as this week. For some of those customers, AirPods will arrive just in time for Christmas.

"Awesome, mine were scheduled for delivery on the 29th, but suddenly they are supposed to get here tomorrow, the 22nd," said one person. "Order scheduled for delivery on January 12th has shipped with a delivery date of December 28th," said another, noting his shipment was still in China.

With only three days remaining until Christmas, customers may now be pushing their luck to find AirPods in time for the holidays, but a lucky few have managed to find a pair at an Apple Store or place an order through resellers such as Best Buy and the United Kingdom's Carphone Warehouse over the past few days.


Other resellers such as Sprint and Verizon have unfortunately been less reliable, as some customers were able to purchase AirPods from these vendors only to later receive an email saying the order could not be fulfilled at this time. AT&T also has AirPods on sale, but it is unclear when orders will ship.

AirPods are Apple's all-new $159 wireless earphones. The cord-free earphones instantly turn on and connect to your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac when taken out of their charging case thanks to Apple's custom W1 chip. Likewise, audio automatically plays as soon as you put them in your ears and pauses when you take them out.

AirPods are controlled mainly by Siri. Doubling tapping an earpiece invokes Siri, and voice commands can be used to adjust the volume, change the song, make a call, and so forth. AirPods deliver up to 5 hours of listening time on one charge, and a 15-minute fast charge provides up to 3 hours of listening time.

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They need to a better job with these estimates! I ordered mine (stated January delivery) and now they're shipping. However, I'm leaving town today and won't be back till January. It's like Apple believes we buy their **** and just sit by the door and wait for it to arrive.
 

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ordered 10:30pm on the 12/13. not shipped yet. It seems they are shipping for those morning orders.
 

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Yup.

My original estimate was Jan 12th. Now showing as having been shipped and arriving Dec 28th.

Guess I don't have to check for store availability today. :)
 

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"Siri is a somewhat big part of using these" ... yeah that's a big problem since Siri is just a step away from being worthless.
Yep. Tried these in store and that was the first question I had. Is there a way I can change the tap function away from Siri. Hoping they update these so that we can differentiate from taps on the left vs right earbud, and add a triple tap feature (essentially giving us four 'physical' buttons).
 

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Yep. Tried these in store and that was the first question I had. Is there a way I can change the tap function away from Siri. Hoping they update these so that we can differentiate from taps on the left vs right earbud, and add a triple tap feature (essentially giving us four 'physical' buttons).
In the future, I would like to see some type of in-line controls for these. I have yet to test the Airpods.
 

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In the future, I would like to see some type of in-line controls for these. I have yet to test the Airpods.
How would that work? I actually prefer the seamlessness of these. You won't notice they're there. Glad I could change from Siri to play/pause for the double-tap. Outside that, I can use my watch to change tracks/albums and adjust volume. Pretty elegant solution.
 

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I got lucky yesterday and got them from the apple store. FYI if you're looking for in store pickup check between
11am-12pm that's usually when stores get their afternoon shipments, I was just hanging out on the applestore app and snagged mine.

So far so good. Great actually, pairing is incredible and they just work. I've also tried my best to get them to fall out of my ear and they just don't.. For me the apple earbuds always fit my ear perfect so that's why I got these. If the apple brand buds fit you then these will be great. If you have trouble with them then I would advise against them.
 

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If you want them sooner try your Apple store. My local store had 10 on Monday, none on Tuesday, then got 60 units in yesterday. Supply is going to start picking up fast.
 

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How would that work? I actually prefer the seamlessness of these. You won't notice they're there. Glad I could change from Siri to play/pause for the double-tap. Outside that, I can use my watch to change tracks/albums and adjust volume. Pretty elegant solution.
Some have stated the Siri controls are cumbersome and you have to double tap pretty hard. Others have said to Siri controls are fairly easy to tap. So I'm not sure what to believe you until I receive these. That said, technically the iPhone serves as an in-line control. But with my Apple Watch, I'd be interested to see how I can function with these combined.
 

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How would that work? I actually prefer the seamlessness of these. You won't notice they're there. Glad I could change from Siri to play/pause for the double-tap. Outside that, I can use my watch to change tracks/albums and adjust volume. Pretty elegant solution.
I like his last sentence: "I've yet to test the AirPods." Seems like he already knows what it's lacking, without even trying them.
 
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