Rumor: Apple’s AirPods to be available next week

First, Apple’s AirPods were supposed to ship in “late October.” Then they were moved to later in the year. Then a report from the Economic Daily News (via Digitimes) says that they won’t begin shipping until January 2017. 

Then — pay attention — a report from AppleInsider said that they will indeed ship before year’s end and calls the supply chain report “bogus.” Now an employee at Apple reseller Conrad has reportedly told a customer it will receive AirPods stock on Nov. 17, and make them available to purchase by Nov. 18-19. That’s from a loosely translated quote from German blog apfelpage.de as noted by MacRumors.

AirPods are wireless headphones that allow users to listen to music, make phone calls, enjoy TV shows and movies, play games and interact with Siri. Apple says that advanced sensors know when you are listening and automatically play and pause your music. Using Siri, AirPods allow you to access the “personal assistant” with a double tap. 

The wireless headphones, including a charging case, will cost $159. AirPods require Apple devices running iOS 10, watchOS 3 or macOS Sierra.