Written by Nick Heer.

AirPods Are Now Available

Apple PR:

[AirPods are] available today from Apple.com and will start delivering to customers and arriving at Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers next week.

AirPods will be shipping in limited quantities at launch and customers are encouraged to check online for updates on availability and estimated delivery dates. Stores will receive regular AirPod shipments.

“Limited quantities” shouldn’t be underestimated: I just tried adding a set to my cart and its estimated delivery date has slipped to January 5.

That’s okay for me, though. All early reports suggest that they fit nearly identically to Apple’s EarPods, which I can’t wear. The in-ear model that’s more likely to work for the shape of my ears is the new BeatsX. Unfortunately, its availability has been adjusted to February.

This launch has been a case study in why it’s often a risky bet to announce a product well in advance of its estimated shipping date. This time, Apple bet wrong.