Apple AirPods have been a drama in the last twelve months. Since their launch, we’ve seen them being chased by problem after problem. The biggest of these? Availability. In addition to suffering delays in launch, we’ve also had very high delivery times, generally six weeks . This is changing.
It seems that in the last few weeks supply and demand have been aligned. Apple went from six weeks to 4-3 weeks of shipping and now in many countries we see it go down to 1-2 weeks. Right now in Spain it’s three weeks of waiting, but if we go to the US store it’s two weeks as in the UK or Canada. At this rate, Apple will be about to get an adequate supply by the end of this month or early October.
During the last fiscal results Tim Cook warned us that they were increasing the production capacity of the AirPods and were “working very hard” to bring the AirPods to the customers as soon as possible. Have they increased the production to include them with the iPhone 8?
To justify the price of the new iPhone many claim that Apple will include some AirPods with it. This would offer extra, premium features to a phone that claims to be premium in price. There are several incongruities here, but despite this there is a major reason not to include them: the high demand.
It is estimated that Apple is producing approximately (and at least) 40 million iPhone 8s for initial Q1 demand. This means that Apple should produce about 40 million AirPods also to be included with the iPhone 8. Can Apple produce that many AirPods? Considering the difficulty they have had in a whole year, probably not.