The wait is finally over! Owners of Apple’s iPhone 7 (and other devices) can now order AirPods after the Cupertino-based company finally made the highly anticipated wireless earphones available for purchase via its online store.
Announced originally back in September this year at the iPhone 7 event, Apple has initially anticipated being able to sell the truly-wireless AirPods in October, but subsequently delayed their arrival for as yet unknown reasons and without any sort of explanation.
Available via their specific Apple Store entry via the Apple website, AirPods can be ordered for delivery, but not for in-store pickup although that does not necessarily mean that AirPods will not be available in-store should you happen to be close to one. Orders online are arriving around December 22nd (as of this writing), which means any orders for Christmas are already starting to cut things a little fine for our liking.
Apple claims the AirPods will offer “seamless and automatic connection” with the iPhone 7 and other iCloud-enabled Apple devices, thanks to the new Apple W1 chip hidden inside the earphones. Though they can be used with just about any non-Apple Bluetooth-capable devices as well.
Charging is taken care of thanks to the case in which the AirPods ship, making everything look and feel like a cohesive design although we do still worry slightly that their wireless status will make it exceedingly easy to lose at least one earbud. Keeping these things in that case will be vital to ensure they don’t go missing.
Those ordering a pair of AirPods, which by the way also have Siri functionality, will receive the earphones along with a Lightning cable which will be used to charge the carrying case.
Finally, the price. New technology never comes cheap, hence the $159 price tag, and while that asking price may be too much for some people, they aren’t too expensive either given their truly-wireless nature and the competition they go head against.