Previous reports claimed that it’s very unlikely for Apple to release its highly anticipated wireless earbuds, called AirPods, before 2016 ends. However, the rumors could turn out to be false as an alleged proof of its very late 2016 release just surfaced.
According to AppleInsider, this new intel comes from the Czech Republic’s largest online retailer, Alza.cz, who just revealed in a listing for the wireless AirPods that they may be not shipping this November, but they are expected to arrive to the authorized Apple reseller this December.
Though the listing did not give a specific date, it’s being speculated that the AirPods could be released before Christmas day. This corroborates the claim of AppleInsider’s own sources who said that the AirPods are set to debut before the year ends.
AppleInsider also noted that it is still quite possible for Apple to launch the AirPods this November, but it would mean that the tech giant is going to sell them directly to consumers and make them available to resellers at a later date in December. After all, there is already a listing for the $159 AirPods on Apple’s own website. It’s just that at this point, it is still marked as “unavailable.”
Originally, the AirPods were supposed to launch in late October after they were announced alongside the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September. Unfortunately, Apple said that it still needed “a little more time” to ensure the quality of the wireless earbuds before they even arrive to customers.
Meanwhile, as per 9To5Mac, the new information from the Czech Republic retailer should be taken with a grain of salt, since a Chinese supply chain has already predicted that production for the AirPods are not commencing until it’s time for the official launch of the product in January 2017.
Apple’s AirPods are a pair of wireless earbuds that function via Bluetooth. When it was announced, Apple said that the pair will come with the company's W1 chip that ensures instant pairing of the earbuds with Apple devices.