So its official. The AirPods have been released. Took long enough eh? The Verge, 9to5 Mac and The Next Web have a few posts if you would like to read them.

I’ve been waiting on a pair of these for a while now but it seemed that Apple had issues with the bluetooth side of things. Feel free to do a quick search on that.

In a press release, Apple says that the AirPods “will be shipping in limited quantities at launch,” and that brick-and-mortar stores “will receive regular AirPod shipments.” AirPods will start appearing at Apple Stores, “select” carrier stores, and authorized Apple retailers next week. They’re launching in over 100 countries, including the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, and Japan.

The above statement would apply to US only I believe in regards to the stores getting stock. I can feel that many people are going to be disappointed that the estimated dispatch is 4 weeks here in the UK at the time of writing.


Now the AirPods have been listed on eBay for 1000+ USD which is a joke! It is crazy to think that people will actually pay that amount of money just to have them before Christmas or to have them asap because they have more money than patience.


There is no still no word on the Beats X, however The Verge has another post stating that they will be delayed to 2017. I know a few people who wanted the Beats X over the AirPods, but now they will be waiting longer.


For everyone out there looking a fantastic pair of wireless headphones, here is a list of ones I would recommend and deliver before Christmas.

Earin M-1

Absolutely no wires. Earin are more than a regular Bluetooth headset. We push the technology to its limits by removing every single wires. Smart Capsule. Store, Charge and go. The Earin capsule houses and charges your earbuds when not in use. High-end Audio Quality. Earin earbuds are built with two dedicated amps driving high-precision balanced armature speakers. 2 hours and 50 minutes of playtime. Stereo play time of 2 hours and 50 minutes for a single charge. Fits perfectly in your ears. Supplied with Comply foam to bring you the perfect fits with the best audio quality.


Beats Solo3

With up to 40 hours of battery life, Beats Solo3 Wireless are your perfect everyday headphones. With Fast Fuel, a 5-minute charge gives you 3 hours of playback. Enjoy award-winning Beats sound with Class 1 Bluetooth® wireless listening freedom. The on-ear, cushioned ear cups are adjustable so you can customise your fit for all-day comfort.

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Powerbeats3

Take your workout to the next level with Powerbeats3 Wireless earphones, featuring up to 12 hours of battery life to last through multiple workouts and secure-fit earhooks to maximise comfort and stability. With Fast Fuel, a 5-minute charge gives you 1 hour of playback. Sweat and water resistance provides trusted durability and dual-driver acoustics deliver dynamic sound to power your workout.

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Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Premium In-Ear Headphones

Remarkably small and stylish, Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth headphones deliver stunningly big sound. They also offer superb comfort – thanks to a patented Secure-Fit sweat-proof metal design – and the convenience of on-the-go charging.

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Hope that helps all of you out for Christmas. I would recommend the PowerBeats3 to be honest, they are the closest you will get to the AirPods for now anyway.

What is your views on it? Did you want/get a pair, or wanting to get a pair for someone as a gift for Christmas?

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