Apple's AirPods are now available for purchase

After a rare delay and uncertainty surrounding the launch, Apple's wireless earbuds will arrive in time for the holidays.
Written by Jason Cipriani, Contributing Writer
Apple AirPods (Jason Cipriani/ZDNet)

If you've been checking Apple's AirPods store page, waiting and hoping for the "View Pricing" button to magically transform into a "Buy" button, refresh one more time.

Apple's $159 AirPods are currently available, however the shipping date slipped from December 21 to "4 weeks" within an hour of availability. For a lucky few, at least, AirPods will arrive in time for the holidays.

According to Apple, AirPods will arrive in Apple Stores and carrier stores starting next week, so all hope is not lost.

The wireless earbuds work independently of one another, streaming music from an iOS device, Mac, or Apple Watch using a proprietary W1 chip developed by Apple.

Tuesday's availability of the AirPods comes after Apple delayed the AirPods at the end of October -- the expected release timeframe -- stating the company needed more time to work on the new product.

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