AirPods With Wireless Charging Case Delivery Date Slips to April

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Just hours after Apple unveiled new second-generation AirPods with "Hey Siri" support and a new Wireless Charging Case, they've started selling out.

    At launch, Apple listed a U.S. delivery date of March 27 to March 29 for the new $199 AirPods paired with the Wireless Charging Case, but now, those delivery estimates have slipped to April 2 to April 5.


    The $159 second-generation AirPods with a standard Charging Case continue to be available for March 27 to March 29 delivery, as does the standalone $79 Wireless Charging Case Apple introduced for current AirPods owners.

    Those who want to pick up the new AirPods with Wireless Charging Case should do so soon, as historically, Apple has had trouble keeping its AirPods in stock due to high demand.

    We may soon see these delivery estimates slip even further into April.

    Apple's new second-generation AirPods do not bring exciting new features that were rumored like a new black color and health updates, but they're a solid upgrade over the previous version.

    There's a new H1 wireless chip inside that powers hands-free "Hey Siri" functionality so you don't need to tap to access the voice assistant.

    Your AirPods are able to switch between devices two times faster when playing music, and there's an extra hour of talk time, bringing total talk time to three hours.

    The new Wireless Charging Case allows the AirPods to charge using Qi-based wireless charging accessories, and it perhaps heralds the upcoming launch of the AirPower.


    Apple is designing its own wireless charging mat meant to charge AirPods, the iPhone, and the Apple Watch all at once, but it's not yet entirely clear when it will launch given the many delays since its 2017 introduction.

    In the meantime, with no AirPower, AirPods can charge on any Qi-based accessory that you might already have for your iPhone.

    Apple will likely have some stock of the new AirPods models in its retail stores next week for those who were unable to order and receive a March delivery date. If you order online, though, you can get your AirPods case engraved, a feature new to the second-generation model.


    We expect AirPods to be in stores right around March 25. The new AirPods require iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, and macOS Mojave 10.14.4, all of which are in beta testing right now. Those releases are expected on March 25, so AirPods could be in stores soon afterwards.

    We're giving away a pair of AirPods to one lucky MacRumors reader, and you can enter to win in our AirPods roundup.

    Article Link: AirPods With Wireless Charging Case Delivery Date Slips to April
  2. freezah macrumors member


    Aug 28, 2012
    Mine are scheduled to be delivered to Poland on March 25th (with engraving). I’ll see how it goes.
  3. johnyslats macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2012
    Leeds, UK
    Still holding firm for launch in the UK and much of Europe
  4. MatthewUT44 macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2015
    If you keep waiting itll slip to May
  5. asdavis10 macrumors 6502


    Feb 3, 2008
    Not surprised. Apple needs more AirPods type products. Feature-rich, reasonably priced (if not under-priced), and work as advertised. AirPods define the "it just works" that made many of us love Apple. We need more of this.
  6. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    I bought theses like 1pm and got April 2- April 5, hopefully they come a little faster than that.
  7. The Don Onez macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2017
    Huntsville, AL
    No dire rush for me. I'll just wait unit the true 2nd Gen ones are releases next year.
  8. metalsiren macrumors 6502


    Oct 28, 2017
    skipped the wireless charging case one... as I barely use wireless charging.
  9. deebinem macrumors regular

    May 7, 2017
    Except on those occasions when they don't hand over correctly... or aren't recognized by my watch even though I just got done with a phone call I initiated from the watch, resulting in having to restart both the watch and phone... or the strange audio drop outs that seem to occur at random times, making it hard to pinpoint actions that might be contributing to said drop outs...

    Don't get me wrong, I love these things but there are certainly times when I don't.
  10. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    hurry, hurry, they're flying off the shelves. Don't get left behind. Buy now!
  11. CentralOffice macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Ordered mine earlier today and it was est. 3/27-3/29. Lost mine late last year and I just figured I'd wait. Was hoping for more of a feature bump but hey I was gonna replace it anyway might as well get the best version of it.
  12. AngerDanger, Mar 20, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2019

    AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    These ones include a new chip, the H1, enabling Hey Siri and 50% more talk time. They also can be purchased with a wirelessly charging case. I don't know why you don't consider these "true" second generation AirPods.

    EDIT: Apple's newsroom release describes them as second generation:
  13. gugy, Mar 20, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2019

    gugy macrumors 68040


    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    I have the first generation AirPods and I see no compelling reason to upgrade.
  14. RumorConsumer macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2016
    I wonder if the new chip will change the sound quality and if there will be silent upgrades to the sound reproduction.
  15. Ta0jin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 9, 2011
    I'm going to pass on these. Wireless charging and hey siri isn't enough to make me want to pony up $200 for these. $160? Maybe but I'm not paying the slight upgrade tax!
  16. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    Went wireless because I am banking on the rumor that Apple will copy Samsung and let me charge from the back of my iPhone. That and its handy and if you decide later you wanted wireless is more expensive to just buy the case. Don't fault your decision, I hear ya, but wireless is a good feature here.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 20, 2019 ---
    SIDE NOTE: I wonder what will happen when I say Hey Siri. As it is, several devices compete to answer and often it seems to be the one that wants me to unlock. My watch is unlocked, so is my phone so iPad, why did you reply?
  17. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Absolutely true. And I still ordered these new ones. I'm hoping the new chip helps with these hiccups.
  18. bbednarz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    Because they aren't black!!!

  19. Dave245 macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2013
    Because it doesn’t matter what Apple does, there will always be some people who just aren’t happy. People were calling for Apple to release new ones and when they do they complain, just like with every other Apple product just lately on this forum :rolleyes:
  20. alexandr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2005
  21. Tinototem macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2010
    What bluetooth version can we expect? 5.0?
  22. The Don Onez macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2017
    Huntsville, AL
    Because Apple didn't say they were. And if you read the previous article, it was started that these were suppose to be released last year, and the "true" second generation pods released this year, but will get bumped to next year.
  23. Dave245 macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2013
    Apple says on the website that they are second generation AirPods. They also said it in the “newsroom” press release.
  24. votdfak macrumors 6502


    Mar 15, 2011
    I love my AirPods, but they're far from perfect, especially when you add more than one device to the mix. One on one (iPhone + AirPods) UX is great, but when you add AW, MBP (in my case), UX is going south for sure. Lately I've experienced dropouts, sync delay, pod not charging, etc. I am accounting this to workouts and heightened moisture. I am waiting for the reviews on AirPods 1.5.
  25. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
    3 years for such a small update apple has lost the plot

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