Do you hear what I hear?
About a month and a half after Apple announced a delay for the October launch of its AirPod earbuds, saying they would need "a little more time before [they] are ready for our customers," the company's first Apple-branded wireless headphones are finally up for sale online and are headed to stores.
And hey -- just in time for the holidays. So all of a sudden, it looks like you could have AirPods ringing in your ears this Xmas, after all.
The Apple AirPods looks like someone cut the wires from a pair of Apple EarPods. Which is ... good? (AP)
In stores next week
The AirPods run $159, with a current expected shipping date of "4 weeks," the webstore says. So if you want a pair to wrap up as a Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Festivus gift, you'll want to try your luck at an Apple Store or partnering retailer next week, when "regular shipments" of AirPods will be hitting shelves, Apple said.
Apple announced its AirPods in September alongside the headphone-jack-less iPhone 7. Apple's high-priced response to its controversial move to take away the iPhone's 3.5mm audio port? Have no cord between their left and right buds, unlike most other wireless Bluetooth earbuds.
They also charge wirelessly in their case, automatically play or pause when they're put in or taken out of your ear, and take in voice commands for things like changing songs or getting directions.
The AirPods were designed with headphone-jack-less phones in mind -- particularly the iPhone 7.
Apple's Beats X earphone are still delayed
AirPods are not the only desirous Apple headphones behind schedule. The Apple-owned Beats brand's X wireless earbuds were also set to have been released by now (announced in September with a $149 price and a "Fall 2016" launch), but new info from resellers points to a stalled 2017 availability, The Verge reported this week.
The Beats X earbuds are a traditional wired/wireless earbud set, but they use the AirPod's same W1 chip for easy pairing with iPhones and iPads.
The Beats X are a pair of standard "neckbuds," as they are called. (Beats/Apple)