Apple AirPods Release Date, News & Updates: Wireless Bluetooth Earphones Now Shipping Out; Available In Australia & New Zealand

By V Doctor , Updated Dec 19, 2016 09:05 AM EST

The Apple AirPods are current shipping out to all customers who pre-ordered earlier in December 2016. Although the Apple AirPods' launch was delayed by about two months, the wireless headphones are now ready for excited users.

Apple AirPods Coming to Those Who Pre-Ordered

Phone Arena stated that the Apple AirPods supposed October 2016 launch date was moved after the wireless Bluetooth earphones reportedly had issues in its sound and functions. The individual ear pieces were said to have problems capturing sound independently without the wire that connected two in-ear pieces in traditional models.

Early testers also reported that there was background noise that compromised the sound quality of the Apple AirPods. Now, those who pre-ordered the Apple AirPods at $159 will be notified as soon as their product arrives. Apple promised that they will deliver to those who pre-ordered beginning December 21.

Other users can still order on the Apple website now, although it will take another six weeks before their device ships out. Aside from pre-order shipments, the Apple AirPods will also be available in Apple retail stores, authorized Apple resellers and mobile carrier outlets before Christmas Day.

What the Apple AirPods Can Do

SlashGear wrote that the Apple AirPods already arrived in Australia and New Zealand to introduce the company's vision for a "truly wireless future." The Apple AirPods are supposed to be paired with the iPhone 7, which launched without a 3.5mm jack.

The Apple AirPods can sense when worn or not, and will automatically turn on and off depending on use. These can run up to five hours on a single charge, with an extra 24 hours of playtime via the mobile charging case.

Also, charging the Apple AirPods for only 15 minutes will provide an extra three hours of listening time. The product also showcases the W1 chip that manages its battery and ensures great quality sound.

The Apple AirPods can easily link to various devices, including non-iOS devices. However, the process will be more streamlined when the Apple AirPods are linked to Apple products like the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. More updates and details are expected soon.

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