You can now order Apple's AirPods, the $160 wireless earbuds ship on December 21st


You can finally order the Apple AirPods, the $160 set of futuristic, cord-less white earbuds that Apple introduced along with the iPhone 7.

The AirPods were initially supposed to launch in late October, but Apple faced unknown difficulties with manufacturing and left consumers in the dark about the upcoming earbuds for months.

Recently, speculations about the problems that have caused the Apple Airpods delay surged, only to come to a grinding stop today as Apple finally launches the earbuds. If you place your order today, the earliest shipping date is listed as December 21st, so it will take a bit more than a week for Apple to start shipping.

The Apple AirPods provide 5 hours of music playback on a single charge and come with a small, inhaler-sized box that doubles as a wireless charger that can provide an additional 24 hours worth of charge to the headphones. Apple has also made a custom, W1 chip for the AirPods in an attempt to make the wireless pairing easy and stable, a task that other Bluetooth headphones often fail at.

The AirPods also work with Siri and have a smart ear-detection system that will pause any music playing when you take one of the buds out of your ear. You also get a Lightning cable in the box that is used to charge the carrying case.

The Apple AirPods are compatible with all modern iPhones, iPads (iOS 10 or later required), Apple Watch and Mac computers.

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47 Comments

1. f_u_006

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

What kind of moron would pay $160 for a metal Q-tip?!

9. Papa_Ji

Posts: 859; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I guess the same people who pay $650 for a 750p display. Good sounding wireless headphones are expnsive. If they have features, they are even more expensive. In fairness, I paid 199.99 for the Samsung Gear Icon X, and they only last 3 hours, providing you are using the music stored on the buds. They last only one hour if you stream. They also have IR for when you place them in your ears they turn on.. They also have an HR sensor that tracks data and then syncs once you connect to your phone, assuming you don't have you phone with you. Considering the AirPods are similar at $39 less and last 5 hours is a better deal per se. The downside sides is, I am a cyclist and the AirPod would only fall out my ear when I hit bumps. I know you can but strings for them, but hen that's an extra $25, which makes them pretty much the price I paid, and I don't have strings. The buds do loosen over time, but I can feel them loosen and just push them back in. The biggest cons is I fell down and they popped out and because they are dark colored, they were much harder to fine in the grass. Especially when I didn't see where they landed. It took me 30 mins to find both of them because they behlnd into the grass. Samsung should have made them a louder color or have a louder color option. So the white buds at least if they fall in grassy areas will be somewhat easier to find. So that is a plus. But I like the nearly invisibility concept of the Icon X. Because I've worn them in locations where earphones are not allowed, but since you cant even see mine, i was able to get by. They look like hearing aids. But at least Apple is finally shipping some.

36. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

TechieXP you talk about Samsung's but forget to mention that it not only has a Heart rate monitor, but can track your runs or steps as well. Not to mention it has voice commands and built in 4gb of storage. The AirPods have no storage, no Heart rate monitor or fitness tracking what so ever. But putting all those features aside. Battery life is a joke on practically all of the in earbud version. So 5 hours still sucks. Especially when you buy some Bluetooth headsets that can now last 40 hours, and some offer high fidelity sound. You can even get some in ear wired headsets that offer 18 hours.

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well I wasn't trying to mention everything about the Icon X. But based on what I read with the AirPod's. First off, it does have some type of speech recognition, because you can use them with Siri. Suppose to suppor AAC audio, so it should have better quality...we just have to see. I thought originally they were suppose to have a heart rate sensor?! If they aren't offering any activity tracking whatsoever, then what is the 4160 price for. Apple's own site doesn't mention it. so if they don't I will be canceling my pre-order. Because yes, even though I didn't mention; I do like the fact the Icon X tracks activity like steps. But I only wear them when I am riding, and my Gear tracks my ride in edition to another app I use. Thnaks for the heads up. apple limiting its pricy crap as per usual. Sad. Then if it doesn't have fancy stuff, what was the delay for? lol.

2. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Wow, Anal beads are getting too expensive now-a-days !

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6830; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Really? You had to go there? This early in the day?

33. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

It was 9pm where I live, when I commented

3. syam7863

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

My sony bluetooth earphones doesn't have any problem having stable bluetooth connection with my phone nor my laptop. I don't think its a task that other bluetooth failed as well. Unless the dirt-cheapo ones.

4. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

FInd my AirPod feature? Lmao

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's a very good question? I am goign to check to see if the Icon X have a find my Icon feature! Becaus ei have dropped them once and it took me 30 mins to find them. But I would say, since they are bright white (AirPod) they shouldn't be as hard to find.

5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Wow.. I'm going to buy these for sure. Unlike counterfeit low quality Korean earbuds these come with American technology and quality. I'll pay a premium and get a long lasting better sounding airpods than cheap fire hazards from off brands...lol

6. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Oh the sarcasm lol

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Apple headphones, all of them have always sounded like crap. You can even feel that the earphones that come with the Galaxy S for example, are of better quality. I have never had Samsung earphones have the cord break at the connector like they have on apple cheap sounding earbuds. You need to put the crack-pipe down buddy.

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You can't possibly be serious. Right? Assign the specs on the wireless AirPod are 100% identical to the wired ones, what you said could not be any farther from the truth. Based on my experience, Apple's and Samsung's in-the-box headphones, both sound liek crap. But Samsung's don't sound as bad. Here is the issue beased on fact and not bias like your ignorant ass tried to spew. The downside to -in-the-box headphones is they OEM's expect you to solely listen to MP3's. Or in Apple's case, there even worse version fo it. As we know with MP3's, the algorithm removes what they claim can't be heard anyways, and because of the tiny drivers (speakers) they sole concentrated on the mids and highs. Because of this, they can use the cheapest drivers because they are design to pick up only high frequency ranges. Which is why you NEVER hear any bass. I dont liek a lot of base, but all music has some lows. I want lows. So if you headphones can't pic up lows, then they are shyte. So at least Samsung out-of-the-box headphones, do have a betetr low dynamic range than Apple does. While Apple headphones makes bass sound like static or pops, Samsung headphones actually make them sound like bass, even though its not a very deep bass. But at least drums sound like drums. You lame attack on Samsung because I know that is who you are talkign about is very pathetic at best. You are such a bullshyter...and have as much sense as a doorbell. You should really just shut-up and just read facts and maybe you will learn something. Of all he guys here who get called "sheep", you are at the top of the list,

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"W1 chip for the AirPods in an attempt to make the wireless pairing easy and stable, a task that other Bluetooth headphones often fail at" but this earbuds can't connect with 88% smartphones in this planet btw, I have samsung level over, Jaybird X2, and (dirt-cheap) Bluedio T2+ never experienced any pairing or connection problem with them.. not a fan of bluetooth headphone though.. I always use ATH-M40x whenever I can :D... (btw, it only cost half of airpods price, lol..)

23. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Have to agree with you there. They only work with iDevices so they already failed compared the $20 competition. Pretty much any other set over $50 will have equal or superior sound quality. Apple is marketing the W1 chip and not the driver on these so you know it's the same driver as the wired set.

26. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

Is W1 just proprietary NFC?

28. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

No, it's just an audio processing chip that's supposed to enhance audio quality due to Bluetooth limitations. I think the way it works is that it has a few MB of RAM to buffer a song or two. That's really the easiest way to solve BT sound quality issues.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well, if OEM's were to put a DAC in them; that would help considerably. No matter what you do for sound quality, it wont matter if you use cheap Chinese speakers. Now if Apple places the Beats driver inside, that would be a huge improvement. Especially for the low response capabilities.

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

They are same audio quality as the regular 25$ ones. Moments like this the word sh-eep is seriously fitting for the buyers of that crap.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Check this. So I went to Apple's website to check on the specs of the AirPods (wireless) and it doesn't have the details I am looking for. So I google'd and I can't find it anywhere. It appears Apple has blatantly not listed the frequency ranges of the AirPods. So based on just the looks, they looks basically 100% identical to the corded ones. if they changed nothing, other than adding the chip and sensors, then that means they are goign to sound like doo-kee To be fair, I have yet to find a wireless pair earbuds that sound good. The only wireless models that have the sound I prefer are made by Beats...errr now Apple. But I have refused to buy them now that Apple owns the brand. TBH, I didn't want to pay the 199.99 when it was owned by Dre, which is why i never did. I only bought the corded ones. Then I found a pair very similar from another brand and they sound great. I'm curious as to why the specs are not even listed on Apple's own website?! Is it because the info is identical to the corded ones and Apple doesn't want people to not buy them? Only to buy them and find they are no different than the $6 ones that comes in the box?

10. xeroxchap

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

"AirPods in an attempt to make the wireless pairing easy and stable, a task that other Bluetooth headphones often fail at." Seriously? Can I phone arena write anything this is not extremely biased? They just had to throw shade at all other brands.... i am always amazed at the way these articles on iphonearena are written... 5 Core Principles of Journalism always go down the drain almost every article on this site.... not to mention the extremely extremely biased reviews of all products ...... Thats why i prefer GSM Arena.... Iphonearea is just perezhilton of tech world.....

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I guess we have to see if its true or not. One issue I have is, when I use wireless headphones, even though my watch is right on my wrist or even with my phone being strapped to my arm, they will sometimes just disconnect because of the signal not being stable. The only thing this chip could be good for is, creating a RAMDISK to store a certain amount of the music streaming to it, to help prevent the gaps or instability. As far as pairing? BT pairing always takes a while but its no big deal. Once done, I can reconnect in a blink of an eye. I dont see how Apple's W1 will make pairing faster. In fact once they are released, we have to see how it works with the iPhone. Because the downside is, if it is faster than normal BT pairing, it will suck that it only works with an iPhone to begin with. Even though faster pairing would be cool, I rather have better quality sound and since apple doesn't even list those specs, I have no way to even judge how they could sound. I've pre-ordered a pair, to use with my iPad pro. should be a nice edition when I sell it. Get an extra $200 on the selling price.

11. Saioofi

Posts: 344; Member since: May 23, 2014

What's funny is Samsung's wireless earphones cost $199 yet people are mocking Apple for their pricing. Typical fanboys

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4265; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Samsung's have fitness tracking built in and 4GB of onboard storage.

16. Saioofi

Posts: 344; Member since: May 23, 2014

"The AirPods have Apple's new W1 chip built-in, dual optical sensors so they only play when they're in your ears, dual accelerometers (which detect touch to activate Siri when you double-tap), as well as a couple of microphones each." not to mention that the AirPods get 5 hours of battery life, unlike the Icon X which gets you only 3 hours of use.

20. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah, like you use Siri 100% of the time.

21. Saioofi

Posts: 344; Member since: May 23, 2014

I use it on a daily basis.

29. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Don't the Samsung ones come with higher quality drivers? No chip will magically turn bad drivers into good ones.

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