There’s a lot to like about Apple’s new wireless AirPods. From the ease of the initial setup to the small carrying case that doubles as a charger to the sound quality of the speakers and directional mics, the AirPods do a lot of things right — elegantly, even — yet they are not entirely without flaws.
The $159 wireless headphones were announced back in September, but didn’t start shipping until last month and were quickly backordered. Only recently have customers actually started receiving them and they’re still a rare find at Apple Stores. (Buying directly from Apple’s online store means a six week wait before the order ships.) Apple Store employees have told me that they receive daily shipments, and sell out quickly.