Apple CEO Tim Cook told reporters on the NYSE floor in New York today, that Apple had a great holiday. We will find out how great of a holiday it was for Apple once the tech titan releases its fiscal first quarter earnings in the third week of January. Cook did say that the Apple AirPods were a “runaway success.” The wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones were launched on December 19th after a two-month delay. An official reason for the two-month wait was never released.
At $159, the AirPods are going out the door as fast as Apple can make them, and Cook says that the company is making them as fast as it can. Powered by Apple’s W1 chip, the AirPods have sensors that determine when the earpieces are in you ear (perhaps it detects wax?). Background noise is eliminated through the use of beamforming microphones.
One tap is all that is needed to pair the AirPods with your Apple device, and a double tap will connect you to Siri. The aforementioned W1 chip has a small appetite for power, so you will get up to five hours of usage from a single charge. And the charging case holds enough power to get you through a 24-hour period.
Because Apple removed the 3.5mm earphone jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it has millions and millions of potential buyers for the AirPods. Supply and demand remain out of balance. Orders placed today are expected to go out in six weeks.