Last month, Apple delayed the launch of the much anticipated wireless AirPods beyond their late October ship date that was originally promised. The company said it needed “a little more time” before they were ready to ship the product to customers. Since then, the AirPods have remained listed as “currently unavailable” on Apple’s website.
Shortly after Apple’s statement, a supply chain report suggested that the AirPods would not ship until January 2017, which meant that they wouldn’t be ready for this year’s holiday season. But such a timeframe would be incredibly late considering some Apple retail locations have already received AirPods demo units.
But according to Conrad, an employee at an Apple reseller told a customer that they will be getting stock for the AirPods on November 17, which would make them available to purchase starting on November 18-19. Here’s the loosely translated quote from German blog Apfelpage.de.
Hello, I have just talked with an employee of the Conrad Online Store, since I am there on 14.10 the AirPods ordered and I wanted to cancel today. According to information from the employee, they have stockpiles from 17.11, I will then have them between November 18-19.
However, Conrad’s website still say the AirPods will be available for delivery in 7-8 weeks so it’s entirely possible that the employee provided incorrect information. But this does give us some hope that AirPods may be shipping sooner than we expected