Is this the most hard-to-get Apple product of all times?

Is this the most hard-to-get Apple product of all times?

When Apple launched the original iPhone, people were initially a bit wary about this new technology. In fact, Apple itself was not completely sure how much it was going to sell, setting a first-year goal of 10 million units. It was only further in time, when more and more people got to actually try this new type of a smartphone that the demand started surging. The iPod was also a similar story.

In fact, if you look at the history of Apple, it has had quite a few hit products, but somehow the company has habitually been able to catch up with often overwhelming demand in a matter of just a couple of months. In the past few years, it usually takes Apple around three months to catch up with demand for its new iPhones after it launches them in late September, and these days, you can get an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus right away.

However, it's now been nearly 4 months since the (delayed) launch of Apple's AirPods and getting them is still a challenge on its own.


Shipping times for AirPods have not improved since their launch

Shipping times for AirPods have not improved since their launch

In fact, if you go right now and try to order a pair of the futuristic cordless AirPods, you are not only paying $160 for the privilege, but you are also signing up for an excruciating, 6-week waiting time for the AirPods to ship. A 6-week shipping time for an Apple product that has been launched some 4 months ago is clearly out of the norm. It's clear that there is something special going on with the AirPods. The two obvious reasons for the delayed shipping are clearly either overwhelming, unexpectedly huge demand, or some challenges with the manufacturing of the tiny, white, tooth-brush shaped earbuds. But given Apple's mastery of the supply line with much more demanded gadgets like the iPhone, more and more people are starting to wonder whether it is not manufacturing difficulties that keep on slowing down the production of AirPods.

In fact, we had already noticed the strange shipping delay two months ago and since then the situation has not improved by a single inch.

The $160 AirPods undercut the competition in terms of both pricing and features. The outstanding 5-hour battery life, the addition 24 hours coming with the tiny floss-like case, the ease of use and setup, the solid connection, the automatic pause functionality when you take an AirPod out of your ear, and so much more make these 'truly wireless' earbuds special. We just hope Apple learns to make more of them faster. It's not just us who want them, it seems that the whole world is put on a 6-week wait.


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36 Comments

1. afrohoxha

Posts: 221; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

"The $160 AirPods undercut the competition in terms of both pricing and features." Just mention battery life. Don't include pricing and other features in that sentence or the next passage.

5. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1005; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Exactly, there are cheaper alternatives and other Wireless ear buds with better features.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And far better sound. The Icon X sound way better than those AirPods. Fit better too! Victor and Tim Cook must be married. Because he blows more smoke up Apple/Cooks butt then air does.

10. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

you discredited yourself the second you mentioned the icon x... The airpods are a very solid product. The fact that they are so hard to find speaks for itself.

11. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1005; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The only advantage the Airpods have over iconX are the battery life. Where as iconX have: - Built in storage for stand alone use - Health monitors - different size wings and rubber tips - better sound quality

14. sgodsell

Posts: 6851; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's a known fact that Apple people would buy almost anything that Apple makes. Just look at that expensive $300 Apple picture book. They had a hard time making enough of those stupid books. The Airpods are proof of that, if anything. This is just more hype and propaganda that Apple likes to release. Besides that, there ARE ears buds that offer a lot more features and functionality over Apple's Airpods. Not to mention some with better pricing. The icon X do offer more features and functionality. That is a fact. You can install music directly on the icon X earbuds, plus they have health tracking capabilities. They can track your heart rate, step count, and more. The Airpods have none of that. The other area is looks, and Apple's Airpods look like dam white earings. If I was a girl, I might wear them, but since I am a man. I wouldn't be caught dead wear Apple's Airhead earings.

21. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

LOL, seriously? Is that what you've understood? EPIC!!!!!!!! It is not due to the reason that there is so much demand for it, it is just due to the fact that they are manufacturing each item on order - with in 6 weeks, they get considerable number of orders to manufacture a batch of them, even if they wont, they'll have to manufacture how much ever they receive. Surely man, you made my day, LOL.

32. Mixkhata1

Posts: 161; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

They are producing less AirPods to make it seem as if the demand is "higher". Basic Marketing 101

36. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Sure, because Apple buyers are know to judge Apple products neutral and only based on their merrit. If Apple would offer poop with an Apple logo, it would still sell like hotcakes, even better maybe.

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Besides the actual topic, I don't know where they hired Victor from, but he is by far the worst writer iPA has. "Is this the most hard-to-get Apple product of all times?" The f' is "this" supposed to be. It's like one of those dumb ads that try to lure you in with vague BS titles and a thumbnail of a half naked sexy chick (which in Victor's case is Tim Cook). Aside from that, the rest of his articles are just badly written comparison and usually for the purpose of trying to get the iPhone to appear better than it is. Half of them are probably about the iPhone portrait mode and how it is better than other implementations (but overall still garbage).

17. brazuca

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 12, 2016

Icon X is a piece of garbage with that 2 hour battery life.

20. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1005; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

They are designed to be used while running/jogging/biking/working out. Which the average person doesn't do any physical activities beyond that point. Sure battery life should've been improved but that's where a successor will come in, since outside of Battery life iconX are incredible piece of tech

34. Xpadder333

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 27, 2016

First of all, the battery of the Icon X lasts only 1 hour!! While the AirPods last 5 hours. This makes the Icon X a really bad product to buy. Secondly, they don't sound "way" better as you say, they sound better but with small difference, and the Airpods are louder.

23. ph00ny

Posts: 1994; Member since: May 26, 2011

I don't get how $160 AirPod is undercutting anyone. Only thing it has over the comp is the ability sync connection across all iDevices and that's about it. Sound quality is mediocre, looks stupid with the extension hanging out of the year, and it's one size fits all. There are other issues such as 5 hour battery life!!! When was the last time anyone has said 5 hour battery is good thing on wireless earbuds

35. audibot

Posts: 590; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

they are made to order thats why its a 6 week wait apple in its almighty cheapness doesn't want to waste money on the stock since its not a big seller

2. libra89

Posts: 2252; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Apple and Google are both on the thought process of making dumb decisions like this.

3. cocoy

Posts: 455; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

They can't meet the demand because they are dependent on the manufacturer who manufacture their product aside from the fact that Airpods are just experimental because it was the first time that apple ditched the headphone jack on the Iphone 7/7 plus but included an option for adaptor. If the adaptor for headphone jack is not an option they will surely ask manufacturers to produce more Airpods.

12. southernzombie

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I think you missed the full point of this article. The reason this article even exists is because apple having such a long wait is unprecedented for apple with any product, new or old.

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Whaaaaat....$160.

6. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Why should we get an Airpods that unrepairable and non-recycle?

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Please list any repairable earbud type earphones.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What features does the Airpod have PA? I dont know of any. It has Siri and good battery-life. The Icon X have noise cancelling, extra ends of different sizes to support multiple ear sizes, has S-health sync so you can rin, jog or bike with them and sync the data later. They have there own storage to put your music one or you cvan BT connect them to ANY phone. SO they work with a phoen or standalone./ The AirPods dont have such features and the Icon X are only 149. So what features or price do they undercut? The stupid ignorant writers here are just as stupid and ignorant as their fanboy clan who comes here. All are filled with no facts, no argument and are about as tech smart as a doorknob. AirPod Features: Designed by Apple Automatically on, automatically connected One-tap setup for all your Apple devices(1) Quick access to Siri with a double-tap More than 24-hour battery life with Charging Case(3) Charges quickly in the case Rich, high-quality audio and voice Seamless switching between devices Icon X Features: http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/gear-iconx/#!/spec The iCOn X have Auto-pause. Are protected against water. Work with any phone, have 2 mics per bud. Are well hidden in yoru ear. Fits way more ears, has up to 4 hours of usage, charge in 90mins, and more. The Icon X are ever water resistant, the AirPods are not. Skipping to the next track is a quick touch away. On the Airpod to skip to the next track, you have to go through Siri, or pull out your phone and do it. That's lame! Article written by Victor H. The Apple loving poor excuse of a writer. Tim Cook must be your bedmate! There is no excuse with the internet to not be familiar with other products, that you openly lie about them. What a douchebag!

13. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

The best feature is that AirPods are seamless. This isn't to say there aren't better options out there, especially in terms of audio quality.

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2891; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The Airpods are water resistant, and it has been proved by EverythingApplePro on YouTube. Just that Apple doesn't provide any official rating for them, like they didn't with the iPhone 6S. And even the Airpods charging case is water resistant.

18. brazuca

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 12, 2016

Icon X is a piece of garbage with that 2 hour battery life.

22. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

And all the world want the AirPods and nobody wants the Icon X. So it is better that you move to another article.

31. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

You need to research the AirPods better. They also have auto pause the moment you take them out of your ear. They use accelerometers and sensors to determine when they are in your ears. They are water resistant, and I imagine you can change tracks without using siri or your phone, but i have not used them yet. A lot of reviews I've seen are positive. You simply hate anything Apple and everyone here knows this, and you promote samsung as if they are your god. Icon X have poor battery life, yet cost 149.00 which is 10 bucks cheaper, big whoop. Id rather pay the 10 bucks and be able to use the earphones longer.

19. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Got a cheap set of CSJ over ear headset for media playback. Works great. Last thing I want is to lose these small individual ear buds.

24. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I believe they only do when you order. It is insane after 4 months still need to wait 6 weeks. Because of this waiting, I no longer interesting with it anymore especially after test out my friend unit. The sound is ok but didn't meet my requirement. It is hmmmm ok.

25. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1202; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Wasn't it stated a few months back that the internal components, specifically the custom W1 chip had very, very, very low production yields.

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