Apple's new AirPods are starting to ship ahead of tomorrow's release day

Apple Airpods 3rd generation
Apple Airpods 3rd generation (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Some customers are now seeing their 3rd generation AirPods preorders ship.
  • The new wireless earbuds will officially release on Tuesday, October 26.
  • The company's new MacBook Pro models will launch the same day.

Some lucky AirPods customers are starting to see their orders ship.

When Apple announced the new 3rd generation AirPods, it revealed that the latest generation of AirPods would adopt a lot of the design and features of the company's AirPods Pro wireless earbuds like Spatial Audio.

By combining the power of the H1 chip with an Apple-designed acoustic system, the new AirPods use computational audio to deliver breakthrough sound with Adaptive EQ. Users can enjoy spatial audio featuring Dolby Atmos in Apple Music, movies, and tv shows, along with dynamic head tracking, across Apple devices. The new AirPods are resistant to sweat and water, and feature a force sensor for easy and intuitive control of music and phone calls. The extended battery life enables up to six hours of listening time1 and up to 30 hours of total listening time with the convenient charging case.

While preorders will get you a delivery date of October 29 to November 2 right now, those who got their preorder in early are already starting to see their orders ship.

This is an expected update, as Apple usually ships its new products right before they officially release to ensure that the order gets to the customer exactly on release day.

Preorders for the new 3rd generation AirPods are open now and the laptop will officially release on Tuesday, October 26.

The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro will also launch tomorrow. The new laptops feature the company's new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, a mini-LED display, MagSafe charging, a new keyboard, and the return of a number of ports.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.