As we enter the last stretch of Christmas shopping this week, Apple's AirPods are once again facing supply problems. After improving once to the delivery of 3-5 days, and even faster in some cases, now you will not get them in time for Christmas if you buy directly from Apple …
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If you go to Apple's online store, you will see that the company is quoting the delivery in the first and second week of January, well after the holiday season. This means that you will have to look elsewhere if you waited until the last minute to buy AirPods for that special person this year.
When it comes to buying online, your options are quite slim at this time. Best Buy, Verizon and Sprint list delivery dates in early January or have no availability. B & H also shows AirPods as ordered. AT & T seems to have some availability for 2-day shipping, but be sure to act quickly, since that could change in a few minutes.
You can also try your luck at retail stores, Best Buy and Apple Stores. The stores are likely to get some units throughout the week, but you will have to arrive early. Using Apple's online picking option, all marked 9to5Mac stores show the January 5 pickup, although a few carrier stores with which we asked said they had some units left, but that they were going fast.
AirPods has faced supply problems since the beginning and Apple seems to be struggling to keep up with the increased demand for vacations. Tim Cook said in August that Apple increased headphone production, and although the supply improved briefly, things went back to worsen for last-minute Christmas shoppers.
"We have increased the production capacity of AirPods and we work hard to reach customers as quickly as possible, but we are still not able to meet the strong level of demand," Cook said at the time.
Of course, AirPods was largely lost last Christmas as well. The Apple W1 processor headsets did not arrive for most people in late December and early January, despite Apple's initial delayed release.
Are you struggling to find AirPods for someone this year or did you make sure to cross them off your list? early? Let us know in the comments.
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