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If you want to get your hands on the new second-generation AirPods with the wireless charging case, you may want to act fast. It looks like they’re already starting to sell out.
Just one day after the new wireless headphones debuted, Apple’s delivery estimates have already begun to slip into the second week of April. Keep in mind that this only applies to the second-gen AirPods with the new wireless charging case, a bundle that retails for $199.
As of the writing of this article, Apple’s estimates indicate that new orders of the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case will deliver between April 3 and 8.
Users who aren’t interested in the new wireless charging case could get their second-gen AirPods a bit sooner. Apple’s delivery estimates for AirPods with the standard charging case suggest that orders will be delivered between March 28 and April 1.
If you aren’t swayed by the second-gen AirPods’ new features but want wireless charging for your first-gen AirPods, supplies of the standalone case (priced at $79) seem to going even slower. Apple says they’ll be delivered between March 27 and 29.
Since their debut, AirPods have become one of Apple’s most well-received products — both among consumers and critics. The fact that Apple is already running out of certain AirPods models illustrates just how strong the demand is.
Apple will also likely begin stocking brick-and-mortar locations with the new AirPods next week. If you opt to buy in-store, you won’t be able to engrave your AirPods case, however. That’s a new feature exclusive to online orders of the second-generation models.
Apple debuted the new AirPods yesterday via press release. In addition to the optional wireless charging case, the second generation headphones come with several incremental upgrades over their predecessors.
The new H1 wireless chip allows for hands-free “Hey Siri” functionality and better connectivity and wireless performance. Second-gen AirPods also feature an hour of extra battery life when talking.
The new wireless charging case, which can be purchased separately, is compatible with Qi-enabled charging accessories. It also works perfectly fine with the first generation of AirPods.
But while the new charging case was originally rumored to debut alongside-AirPower, the first-party Apple charging mat is still nowhere to be seen. Though, on the other hand, there are indications that it’s probably coming soon.
On the other hand, these aren’t necessarily “AirPods 2.” Their design is unchanged from the last generation, they don’t come in a new black color option, and they don’t sport exciting new features like waterproofing, noise-cancellation or health monitoring.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the second-generation AirPods are an incremental upgrade that were originally meant to debut last year. Actual AirPods 2 were planned for this year but may actually hit the market in 2020 instead.