Wait time for AirPods Pro stretches into February

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Demand could far exceed supply for AirPods this holidays
Apple still can’t keep up with heavy demand for AirPods Pro.
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The holiday shopping season is behind us, but demand for AirPods Pro still exceeds supply. Orders placed on Apple.com won‘t ship before early February.

But those who live in a large metropolitan area have an option that could get them Apple’s new in-ear headphones much sooner.

These are the first in the AirPods line to offer active noise cancellation, and they have silicone tips to make them stay in the ear more reliably. They debuted in November, just in time to sell out well before Christmas or Hanukkah. And the situation hasn’t improved in the post-holiday period.

No AirPods Pro this month

Order a pair of AirPods Pro on Apple.com today and you’ll be warned that they won‘t be delivered before February 3.

The situation isn’t any better with rival online retailers. Amazon.com and Target.com both list this accessory as “Temporarily out of stock.” There are no units available for delivery from Walmart’s or Best Buy’s websites, either.

And this isn’t just a US problem. Orders placed on the UK version of Apple.com won‘t arrive until Feb. 1, and the arrival date is Feb. 4 in Germany. The Australian version of this website just says AirPods Pro won‘t ship for 4 weeks.

But wait!

While Apple’s website won‘t send out any AirPods Pro to customers for a month, its retail stores are clearly still receiving occasional shipments. For example, a search for this hot accessory finds that one of the Apple Stores in the San Francisco area has them in stock. The same goes for the metropolitan Atlanta area, while there are a couple of Apple Stores in the Chicago area with these in-ear headphones available.

Other brick-and-mortar stores might be getting some stock. An online search in Atlanta turned up a pair of AirPods Pro in single Walmart location, for example.

So anyone living in or near a large metropolitan area who is willing and able to do a bit of driving can probably pick up this much sought after product sooner that having it delivered. Even those living with easy access to a single Apple retail store might make regular checks to see if AirPods Pro are in stock.

Via: The Apple Post