But the AirPods have not hit the market with the ease of their simple, free predecessor. Rather than being packed with the phones, the AirPods are sold separately. AirPods were delayed from their original late October shipping date, missing most of the key holiday season.
Despite criticisms that they "look odd" and have some glitches, AirPods quickly sold through stock when they went on sale at Apple.com this week, with shipping dates now up to six weeks out. Indeed, AirPods were listed for as high as $2,000 on eBay.
Ben Bajarin, a global consumer tech researcher at Creative Strategies, came out in praise of the AirPods on Twitter, saying they didn't fall out during rigorous activity.
AirPods are expected to hit stores next week, Apple said, possibly as soon as Monday morning, a retail source told blog MacRumors.