Date: Monday, November 14th, 2016, 05:11
Category: AirPods, Hardware, retail, Rumor
It looks like the AirPods are about to hit the production line.
Following the delayed launch of the new wireless headphones in late October, Apple said it needed “a little more time” before they are ready for customers.
The latest word comes from investment bank Barclays, which in a research note we saw said AirPods should enter production in December. That means AirPods could still feasibly be released in time for the final weeks of the holiday shopping season, although a January 2017 launch as previously rumored, or later, is possible.
Barclays has stated that the initial production run will be “fairly small,” totaling between 10 million and 15 million AirPods to start. Depending on demand, Apple could maintain this lower production level or expand it as needed.
Earlier this week, an employee at Apple reseller Conrad reportedly told a customer it will receive AirPods stock on November 17th. This could be either true or false and as of now, Apple lists AirPods as both “coming soon” and “currently unavailable” on different parts of its website.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.