AirPods are Apple’s Bluetooth earbuds. Initially released December 13, 2016, they used the special W1 chip to make pairing easier with other Apple devices, handling a common pain point for users of third-party Bluetooth headphones.

In 2019, Apple released AirPods pro, adding a fully-sealed earpiece allowing for noise isolation, cancelation, and more.

iFixit: AirPods Aren't Repairable, Case May Have Caused Delay

· Jeff Gamet · News

iFixit tears down Apple's AirPods and AirPods case

Apple’s AirPods have been available for only a day, and with very limited availability, but iFixit managed to get ahold of a pair and subject them to their usual new product dissection. What they found inside were components that can’t be repaired, and a charging case that may be behind the extended delay in getting to store shelves.

Want to Know Which Apple Stores have AirPods? Check iStockNow

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Online AirPods orders are backlogged six weeks, and it’s practically impossible to find any in Apple’s own retail stores. Until Apple gets inventory under control iStockNow is a handy tool for tracking down which stores may have those elusive wireless earbuds. The Webpage lets you check stores by location on Google Maps to see if AirPods are in stock, and it can tell you about other Apple products, too, like Apple Watch and the MacBook. iStockNow is free to use; all you need is a Web browser and an idea which Apple Store you want to check.

Want to Know Which Apple Stores have AirPods? Check iStockNow

AirPods Alternatives, Plastic OLED - TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-19

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple’s AirPods are in the company’s retail stores, but that doesn’t mean you can buy them. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the limited availability for AirPods, and offer up some alternative wireless earbud options. They also look at Plastic OLED and explain what that means for future iPhone models.

Constrained Inventory Leaves AirPods Buyers Empty Handed

· Jeff Gamet · News

Line outside University Park Village Apple Store in Fort Worth, Texas, for AirPods

Hopeful shoppers lined up early Monday morning in a mostly fruitless effort to buy Apple’s AirPods today instead of waiting until January for online orders to ship. AirPods are backordered six weeks, but the company said the wireless earpods would be available in its retail stores on Monday, December 19th.

AirPods Available in Apple's Retail Stores on Dec 19

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

AirPods in Apple Stores on December 19

If you missed out on ordering your AirPods for a pre-Christmas delivery, there’s still a chance you might get ahold of a pair because they’ll be available in Apple’s retail stores on Monday, December 19th. Don’t, however, get your hopes up because this will likely mirror the Apple Pencil launch where “available in store” really means “good luck with that.”

Apple AirPods, Kickstarter, and Augmented Reality - ACM 389

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Apple shipped AirPods. Sort of. Bryan and Jeff think it was a terrible idea to ship them before Christmas if Apple couldn’t meet demand, which is exactly what’s happening. They also weigh the merits of Kickstarter and discuss the state of augmented reality and its future.

AirPods Already Backordered into January

· Jeff Gamet · News

AirPods showing four week delay after first hour of availability

Well, that didn’t take long. Apple’s AirPods went from a December 21st delivery to a four week delay in about an hour. Apple can say AirPods shipped before the Christmas holiday, but at the expense of loads of angry customers who have to wait until some time in 2017 to see theirs.

Apple AirPods Finally Available, Delivering Dec 21

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

AirPods shipping for December 21st delivery

Apple’s AirPods are finally available for order and will start delivering to customers on December 21st, just in time for the Christmas holiday. The wireless earbuds were originally scheduled for an October release, but were delayed until now.

Apple's Ongoing AirPods Delay, Calendar's Spam Fix - TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-12

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple said it would ship its AirPods wireless earbuds in October, but that came and went and we still don’t know when they’ll hit store shelves. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what’s keeping Apple from shipping AirPods, and what needs to happen if they ship in time for Christmas. They also dive into Apple’s first attempt to address spam invitations in the Calendar app.

A Fascinating, Realistic Glimpse: What Would Steve Jobs Have Done?

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Steve Jobs

It’s seldom convincing to pretend to know what Steve Jobs would have done in any situation were he alive today. We have general ideas, but invoking him as a cloak of authority is fraught with problems. On the other hand, when someone intimately familiar with Steve Jobs makes an astute observation, it’s worth a read. John Martellaro found one of those insights and highlights it.

Apple's AirPods Won't Ship Until 2017

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple AirPods delayed past October

If you were planning on picking up Apple’s AirPods wireless earpods this holiday season, ger ready to be disappointed because it looks like they won’t be shipping until January 2017 at the earliest. Apple originally promised AirPods would ship in late October, but has since changed their status to “Currently unavailable” with no projected ship date.

Apple Delays AirPods, Won't Ship in October

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple AirPods delayed past October

If you’ve been holding out for Apple’s promised “late October” AirPods release, it looks like you’ll be waiting a little longer. Apple isn’t shipping its wireless earpods this month because they’re still not ready to go.

Artificial Intelligence Research, Unintended Consequences and Sex

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

AI Agent

Research into Artificial Intelligence will evolve into many more applications than asking Amazon’s Echo how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon. Or driving an autonomous car. As the technology expands in its capabilities and applications, we’ll be confronted with massive social change. How will Apple, for example, both serve us and meet competitive challenges?

Apple goes Wireless with AirPods

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple AirPods

Apple embraced wireless earbuds on Wednesday with the introduction of its AirPods earbuds. AirPods are designed to connect to the iPhone and Apple Watch over Bluetooth, and let you quickly switch between which device where they’re streaming audio.