Report says that Apple AirPods production has increased to keep up with strong demand

Report says that Apple AirPods production has increased to keep up with strong demand
Apple's wireless earphones, the Bluetooth powered AirPods, are a hit. Despite a two-month delay (or perhaps because of a two-month delay) demand has been raised to a fever pitch. That really isn't surprising if you think about it. The AirPods are perfect for those with a handset that lacks a 3.5mm earphone jack, which means that millions of Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus users are potential customers for the product. It all adds up to what Apple CEO Tim Cook calls "A runaway success."

Orders for the AirPods are taking six weeks to ship. But a report published out of China reveals that AirPods supplier Inventec is working overtime at its Shanghai factory. This additional production will help balance out the lopsided demand-supply equation. If the report is true, shipping times should eventually start coming down.

The Apple AirPods pair with your iPhone using a single tap. Sensors turn on the device when you place them in your ears, and tapping on them twice will activate Siri. The AirPods run for as long as 5-hours on a single charge, and 15-minutes in the carrying case will give you enough power to enjoy three hours of listening time. The case carries enough battery life to keep the AirPods running for over 24-hours with multiple charging sessions.

The Apple AirPods are priced at $159 and can be ordered directly from Apple's online store.

via Digitimes, BGR

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56 Comments

1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

"The AirPods are perfect for those with a handset that lacks a 3.5mm earphone jack". No it's not. Enough with the bias.

25. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2482; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

What's sad is the battery life is no better than these bluetooth headphones I bought off Amazon. And at least these can be on you as a necklace when not in use too: https://www.amazon.com/TaoTronics-Bluetooth-Headphones-Wireless-Earphones/dp/B01GNYFT8E/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1483315775&sr=8-9&keywords=bluetooth+headphones

27. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The airpods will charge while sitting in your pocket so that's irrelevant. 5-6 hours is plenty in one shot.

31. cmdacos

Posts: 4315; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

That's why i buy earphones... So they can sit in my pocket. That's just stupid.

32. iushnt

Posts: 3150; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Samsung Level U pro is the best fit for my 7 Plus. The audio is much better than the AirPods.

41. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I will admit the quick charging feature of the airpods is something that should find its way to other BT headphone manufacturers.

44. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

They are wayyyyyyyyyyyy better than any other TRULY wireless earbuds in the market. Especially better than that Samsung crap which is $200....lol

46. cmdacos

Posts: 4315; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You should actually research why icons are more expensive instead of getting your tech knowledge from Facebook

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

People actually want these? And they sound barely better than the Earpods do.

16. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I really don't see how these headphones are such appealing..... They lack proper media controls, it is ridiculous that you need Siri AND an active internet connection to change volume and skip tracks... They are "okay" for iPhones but underwhelming for other devices, so it really limits the usefulness with bluetooth enabled devices... They have an okay battery life... but there are better alternatives... They do not sound very good, specially for the price. I really fail to see the advantages of "truly wireless design" over the regular "wireless but connected between each bud" such as the Bluebuds or BackBeats....

23. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

They have great battery life for true wireless earbuds (not the ones with a wire connecting them). More than Samsungs, Jabra, Bragi, Earin, etc. You should be comparing to them, not the ones with the wire. It's the IconX and others that these are truly competing against. And if I'm not mistaken, the AirPods are cheaper than pretty much all other true wireless earbuds available right now.

26. AlikMalix unregistered

Exactly!!!

30. cmdacos

Posts: 4315; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

If airpods were also fitness trackers and had onboard storage then yes you could compare them to icons but they don't.

35. AlikMalix unregistered

What if I don't need fitness tracking, but rather have quick connectivity, better battery, cheaper price? And ability to buy either pod if I lose one. Will Samsung sell me just the left side?

38. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

And what if I don't need separate buds... I actually like to hang my current pair around my neck and putting one on and off... I am comparing Bluetooth headphones with Bluetooth headphones... No matter whether they are "truly wireless"... In my opinion this design is not an improvement....

53. AlikMalix unregistered

Well in my opinion, it is, because I like to be as wireless as possible. It is more difficult to make EarPods that are truely wireless because the music does not sync properly between those. They have little space for batteries (unlike "necklace" versions that hide battery in controls module). So the iconx and these would be more expensive. I haven't sought mine yet, but if I would I'd buy these because the offer more of what I need than the more expensive iconx.

42. s.mrabet

Posts: 147; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

You think Apple will sell you one?? LOL

51. AlikMalix unregistered

Yes, they actually would... do some research.

48. cmdacos

Posts: 4315; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Then you buy headphones, not fitness trackers.

52. AlikMalix unregistered

Exactly, AirPods are headphones. They were designers to be headphones, if you want fitness trackers buy iconx those and pay more. I don't understand why we're arguing about this. I don't need fitness trackers in my headphones - why should I pay more just because iconx has it? I rather take better battery life.

45. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Your logic: You can't compare the Google Pixel and the Samsung S7 because the S7 has a microSD slot and water resistance while the Pixel doesn't.

47. cmdacos

Posts: 4315; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Icons and airpods are two different product categories. S7 and pixel are in the same category.

55. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

The Gear IconX are Bluetooth earbuds first, fitness trackers second.... go to a store, they're in the headphones section.... They're the same product category.

43. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

YOU DON'T SEE ANYTHING BECAUSE YOU ARE A BLIND SAMSUNG FANBOY TROLL!

50. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

If your comment was a direct reply to mine, then the only blind poster here is you... I currently do not own Samsung devices... I have a Sony phone, a Microsoft Surface Book Laptop, a Plantronic BT Headphones..... No Samsung here... my comment was my honest opinion. Go Troll somewhere else.

3. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Alan , are you a little slow in the head?

34. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Why? News, about that such anticipated great device is available, is always welcome. No bias to Apple here.

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1552; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I have not seen or read a review as bad as this one. Oh man. This guy is still drunk. Not one person that has reviewed theses things has said as many good things as Alan. The only good thing everyone agrees is the way they pair up with the iPhone. They sound just the same as the ones Apple ships with the iPhone. I've stood up for Apple on some things that made people angry but these are a joke. Anyone that buys them is stupid, the price is 5 times more than what they should be. There's so many other better headphones for the money. How about you Alan make an article on that and redeem your self.

7. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I have yet to read a bad review on them. They come with compromise but the reviews have been very positive. I expected them to be badly reviewed too. Mine are in the mail as we speak and I'm looking forward to it.

39. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Does Anyone remember reading the book, "The Emperor's New Clothes"? Well, I feel like the kid that says he's naked! I just left out of here and watched 3 reviews just to see if I was missing something myself, because I don't get it either. These things are ugly, expensive, limited, and sound about the same as ear buds. The pairing looks fantastic, but not worth $159. And controlling the volume with Sirius is just sooooo stupid. And the reviewers agreed with me on most of what I thought, although one said they didn't look half as bad as he initially thought they were. But to each his/her own. If they appeal to you, then hey why not. It just seems like Apple is screwing customers and some of us are having a difficult time understanding why anyone would line up and take it.

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