You can finally order the Apple AirPods, the $160 set of futuristic, cord-less white earbuds
that Apple introduced along with the iPhone 7
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.
Apple's Airpods look like weird earrings from certain angles
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.