Apple’s AirPods to hit stores next week

Apple’s AirPods have finally arrived — or at least they will shortly.

The iPhone maker on Tuesday announced that it has begun taking orders for its new wireless headphones and will start offering them in its stores next week. That’s sooner than some fans were fearing, but still later than originally expected.

When it unveiled the AirPods in September, Apple said it expected to have them in stores by the end of October. It later delayed their launch, with CEO Tim Cook saying only that they weren’t ready.

The new headphones, which cost $160, look like the ones that Apple ships with its iPhones, only without any wires. They’re designed to connect easily with Apple’s devices. Once users open the AirPod’s charging case, they should see a button on their iPhones that allows them to connect to the headphones. After users connect them with one of their Apple devices, the AirPods should automatically connect with all of their other Apple gadgets, including iPads and Mac computers.

Apple is promising five hours of listening time per charge on the new headphones. The AirPods don’t have any physical buttons, but users can answer calls or activate Siri by tapping on them.

Photo: A wireless AirPod is shown during the demo session of an Apple launch event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (Photo by Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)


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