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Apple Still Hasn’t Announced When Its Delayed AirPods Will Hit Stores

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller announces AirPods during a launch event on September 7, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. is expected to unveil latest iterations of its smart phone, forecasted to be the iPhone 7. The tech giant is also rumored to be planning to announce an update to its Apple Watch wearable device. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

Back in September, Apple announced that its AirPods, the wireless ear buds the company designed to accompany its new headphone jack-less iPhone 7, would begin shipping sometime in late October. Halfway through November, AirPods still aren’t in stores, and Apple still hasn’t announced a new shipping date.

On October 26, around the time the AirPods were supposed to be hitting stores, an Apple rep told Tech Crunch that “we don’t believe in shipping a product before it’s ready, and we need a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers.”

As Pitchfork notes, that was the last official update from Apple, though last week MacRumors reported that a note from investment bank Barclays indicates that the Pods are set to begin production in early December. From MacRumours:

Barclays said the initial production run will be “fairly small,” totaling between 10 million and 15 million AirPods to start. Depending on demand, the limited supply could result in a scenario where AirPods stock is quickly depleted upon launch, resulting in extended shipping estimates akin to a new iPhone launch.

If the Barclays note is true, then the earliest the easily losable $159 cordless headphones could hit stores is just before the holidays, though early January 2017 is more likely.