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AirPods now on sale, shipping goes to 4 weeks in US, but next Monday in Oz

Apple’s long-awaited wireless Bluetooth AirPods have finally gone on sale exclusively online, and not just in the US but Australia, too, where the delivery date is still 19 December.

It’s likely that limited quantities of AirPods have gone on sale in various parts of the world alongside the US and Australia, but as always with Apple launches, you need to be quick.

Update 9am 14 Dec 2016: Shipping for Australian AirPod buyers has now moved from 19 December to "two weeks".

Original story continues: 

Seeking Alpha alerted me to the news that AirPods had immediately gone on sale exclusively online, and “by next week, at Apple Stores, Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers".

Whether in-store and select carrier availability will also be the case in Australia and elsewhere is yet to be seen.

The US Apple Store link to the AirPods is here, with the link originally showing delivery of 22 December in the US, but this has quickly blown out to four weeks waiting time, free shipping notwithstanding.

So, I added a au/ to the US link above in the right spot to get to the AirPods at the Australian Apple Store, where the price is $229, compared to the $159 in US dollars. 

And lo and behold, the delivery date is still 19 December as I type, but that is likely because it is 2.49am and most Australian iPhone owners who would like to buy one are still asleep.

Probably from around 6am onwards a rush will come and Australian AirPod wait times will blow out to weeks, too.

Apple’s AirPods feature two earpieces that are completely separate from each other, delivering true wireless connectivity whether using one AirPod in one ear or both in both ears.

So, really wanting to try these out for myself, and seeing as they are, at time of publication, available to deliver next Monday, I ordered a pair and look forward to their arrival.

If you want a pair of AirPods in 2016, they’re still available, but time is running out to mod your ears with AirPods this year.

There is still hope, however. Apple's official News Room article on the AirPods launch states: "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."

The article also clarifies where AirPods will initially be available: "AirPods are available in more than 100 countries and territories including Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Japan, the UAE, the UK and the US."

We are also told that "AirPods require Apple devices running the latest version of iOS 10, watchOS 3 or macOS Sierra".

As of 8am, Wednesday 14 December in Australia, AirPod delivery is still set for Monday, 19 December, although this will likely change fast later today if what happened in the US just hours ago is replicated here. 

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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