Apple’s new wireless AirPods are finally available and could still be a popular item this Christmas.
According to tech news world the company on Tuesday began taking orders for AirPods at its online store, and said it would start delivering the US$159 earphones to customers, Apple Stores, resellers and carriers next week.
At the iPhone 7 launch in September, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said the AirPods would be available in October, but the company missed that target time frame due to unexplained delays.
Missing the deadline for release of any hot product is bad news for a company, but what made the AirPods miss worse was that the they were supposed to offset some of the sting consumers felt over Apple’s decision to omit the traditional headphone jack in the iPhone 7.
However, the absence of AirPods doesn’t seem to have affected iPhone 7 sales that much.
On the other hand, the late release certainly will impact sales of the AirPods.
“Apple missed an attractive cross-sell opportunity when the new iPhones were released,”