MERRY CHRISTMAS, APPLE FANS. Despite talk of further delays, Apple has confirmed that its AirPods will start shipping on 19 December.
Until today the wireless earbuds were listed on Apple's online shop as "coming soon," but you can now pop a pair in your virtual basket and expect them to start shipping on 19 December. You'll want to be quick, though, as the firm has warned that the AirPods will be available in "limited quantities" at launch.
Apple's AirPods have also started shipping in the US, with the firm promising delivery by 22 December.
This move comes just days after it was reported that the £159 AirPods were unlikely to ship in time for Christmas, with the Wall Street Journal having learned that Apple is still trying to patch up technical issues related to audio synchronisation.
"Apple must ensure that both earpieces receive audio at the same time to avoid distortion," said a person familiar with the matter, adding that the firm is working to "resolve what happens when a user loses one of the earpieces or the battery dies."
The cable-free earbuds are the first to feature Apple’s new proprietary W1 chip, that makes for almost instantaneous pairing with Apple devices and knows both when the AirPods are in your ear and when you start using a different Apple device.
Apple also claims this new chip offers greater range than rival products and a more reliable connection. Er.
While some Beats headphones currently shipping offer these features, they lack the AirPods' Siri integration, which can be activated by tapping on them. They also don't come with Apple's fancy charging box type thing that gives you an extra 24 hours of battery life.
While this is all well and good, Apple's AirPods' haven't had an easy ride until now and have been mocked for their toothbrush head-like appearance, hefty price tag and the likelihood that they will be easily lost down the back of the sofa/bus/gullet.
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