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Apple's AirPods Pro stock is so limited you might need to wait till 2020

Apple Store AirPods Pro stock
Apple Store AirPods Pro stock (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Online AirPods Pro delivery time are stretching towards 2020.
  • Some Apple Stores do have stock, though.
  • Others are quoting similar stock situations to Apple's online store.

There's no doubting that Apple's $249 AirPods Pro are popular. And just like the first round of AirPods releases Apple seems to be struggling to meet demand with delivery estimates now stretching beyond Christmas. If you order quickly you might get your earbuds before 2020, but that won't be the case for long.

Checking AirPods stock on apple.com (opens in new tab) currently shows an expected delivery date of December 30 if you choose the fastest delivery option. That will no doubt stretch into the new year soon enough, leaving buyers with quite the wait before they can use their new earbuds.

If you aren't keen on waiting quite so long – or need to pick some up for a gift – you might have more luck in-store. Some Apple Stores are showing stock available for same-day collection, although others are quoting similar time windows as online orders. You can check stocks at your local stores by visiting the AirPods Apple Store page (opens in new tab).

Apple Store AirPods Pro stocks

Apple Store AirPods Pro stocks (Image credit: iMore)

If you'd rather consider other options to AirPods Pro, there are plenty to choose from. AirPods 2 and PowerBeats Pro being two of the best. And stock availability for both is just fine right now, too.

Or, you know. There's always Amazon and right now you can even save a few dollars, too.

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It has only been a few days since the new AirPods Pro were released, and now there's already a way to save on the purchase! Amazon's offering $14 off the regular price, though there's a slight shipping delay you'll have to contend with.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.