Tim Cook wandered into the New York Stock Exchange this morning and started taking questions about his holiday plans, product sales, and AirPods. "Analysts said that Apple is facing a battle to convince consumers to switch to wireless headphones after controversially scrapping the headphone jack on the new iPhone 7", which was reported two months back in The Guardian. Based on Cook's comments on Wednesday, high demand seems to be at least part of the reason. The limited shipments were sold quickly - ship dates are now six weeks out on Apple's website. Cook's answers were vague regarding how was Apple doing it during the holidays and how the AirPods were performing in the market. When asked if more would come into stock, he said Apple's "making them just as fast as we can".
The AirPods were announced in September along with the iPhone 7 but finally reached the shelves on December 13, just before Christmas.
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It's worth noting that, as AppleInsider points out, some of the diagrams included show conventional wired earbuds, so it's not known if the idea was meant to apply exclusively to AirPods. Siri allows access to select and control music, get directions, make and receive calls and perform other tasks.
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Those with faulty AirPods have reported that Apple issued them replacements for free.
The AirPods are available in more than 100 countries, including the U.S., the UK, Canada, Mexico, China, France, India and Japan - all places where customers will have to wait more than a month for the hyped headphones as Apple pushes to meet demands.
The wireless experience is enabled by the new ultra-low power Apple W1 chip, which allows AirPods to deliver high-quality audio with an extended battery life.
Apple promised that the AirPods would hold 4-5 hours of charge on their own and that the charging case would hold an additional 24 hours of charge.