We were originally promised the AirPods in “late October” before Apple delayed launch because, as the company explained in a statement, “we don’t believe in shipping a product before it’s ready.” Since then, multiple sources reported conflicting availability information pertaining to the product, ranging from end of November to year-end to January 2017.

According to an alleged reply that a MacRumors reader received after emailing Tim Cook, Apple’s first Bluetooth earphones with an in-house designed W1 wireless chip will be shipping to customers over the next few weeks.

Here’s the back and forth:

Customer’s comment: “Give us a release date. I really bought in to the wireless vision you painted. Now I’m stuck waiting with my EarPods but can’t charge my iPhone 7 at the same time which I need to do at work. Let us know if it’s a month or six months, because then I’ll just buy some other wireless headphones.”

Tim Cook’s response: “Thanks for your note. Sorry for the delay—we are finalizing them and I anticipate we will begin to ship over the next few weeks.”

According to MacRumors, the email seems to originate from Apple’s corporate servers.

The AirPods feature a six-hour battery, with the included Lightning port-equipped charging case extending their run time to up to 24 hours.

The earphones take advantage of Apple’s in-house designed W1 wireless chip to provide features like invoking Siri by double tapping one of the AirPods, zero-configuration pairing with multiple Apple devices through iCloud and more.

Source: MacRumors

  • Jack Wong

    My Anker wireless earbuds broke again… I am also waiting for this AirPods.

  • Agneev Mukherjee

     should improve the Music app first!!

    • iBanks

      It works just fine but improvements are always welcome.

    • Alex Wilson

      I’d agree it’s taken a few steps backwards

      • Jose Rivera

        I honestly feel like the new music app is horrible in terms of design. I so preferred the iOS 9 music app over this mess we have now…

    • appletimemac

      Wait until iOS 10.2, the music app is much much better. i like the new improvements I can take advantage of.

      • Agneev Mukherjee
  • Awesome, that will be the perfect gift for Xmas 2017

    • :|Alain|:

      don’t you mean Xmas 16?

  • Robert Mathews

    Next few weeks could mean 2017, that wasnt very specific.

  • Bacillus

    Tim – bring us the Oral Base Station

  • TechnoBuff

    In case anyone hasnt noticed….
    Apple seems to be struggling with releasing products lately and having to scale back their release dates… Some might argue that they are trying to improve product quality but to some, it seems as if they are working on prototypes when they announce a release date, and considering how big Apple is… releasing one product seems to be a challenge

  • Brandon Higgins

    They missed their chance at having great launch numbers. Would have made for a good present for xmas

  • techfreak23

    Hey Christian, you have the battery life by an hour off. They are officially rated as being 5 hours, not 6.

  • Jon20

    I just hope they decided to make them in Black/Space Gray.

  • Alex Wilson

    Courage would have given a shipping date.
    Waffling is sometime soon.