Apple launched the wireless AirPods headphones alongside the iPhone 7 in September 2016. Though finally on sale in December of that year, they have been perennially out of stock, with Apple often warning of 2-3 week delays in delivery after purchase.
This is likely down to unexpectedly high demand from a low stock, but it has meant that it’s taken a year since the announcement for us to start to notice people wearing them in public.
But their simplicity is commendable, and 24 hours charge from the charging case is very competitive in the market.
How much are AirPods?
AirPods retail for £159, a price that was criticised originally but we feel is justifiable. AirPods are hands down the easiest and most reliable Bluetooth earphones available and cost £40 less than the Samsung IconX, which have terrible battery life. (For the latest offers, see Best AirPods deals.)
Buying from Apple
You can purchase AirPods directly from Apple here. However there is often a long wait in the UK for delivery due to stock shortage.
Be sure to check the delivery times for your postcode. If you don’t want to wait, read on.
Other places to buy AirPods
Resellers don’t have such a long delivery time.
Carphone Warehouse has AirPods in stock here. It offers free next day delivery.
John Lewis has AirPods in stock here. It offers a two-year guarantee, double the normal period. Free delivery takes up to five working days.
Currys PC World
Currys PC World has AirPods in stock here. Next day delivery can be bought for £3.95.
Where to buy the AirPods Wireless Charging Case
At the September event Apple's marketing head Phil Schiller briefly mentioned that a wireless charging case would be available for the AirPods that would allow them to charge from the upcoming AirPower wireless charger. Theoretically, it should allow the AirPods to charge from any Qi charger.
It has not been confirmed by Apple exactly when this wireless case will become available, although it's rumoured to launch in December at £69 (or $69), at which point you'll be able to buy it from Apple's Store.