If you order AirPods Pro today you're going to wait until March to get them

Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro, AirPods Pro, and Apple Watch Series 5 Edition Space Black Titanium with JUUK Rainbow Ligero Band
Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro, AirPods Pro, and Apple Watch Series 5 Edition Space Black Titanium with JUUK Rainbow Ligero Band (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

What you need to know

  • AirPods Pro are still insanely popular.
  • The problem is, Apple can't make them quickly enough.
  • Order today and you'll wait until March for delivery.

If you plan on picking up some new AirPods Pro you will probably have quite the wait before you can take them for a spin. Checking Apple's online store shows an expected delivery date of mid-March. But if you're lucky you might be able to get your hands on some at a local store.

While stocks for AirPods seem to be fairly solid, that is definitely not the case with AirPods Pro. Order today and Apple reckons you'll receive them on March 12 at the earliest. And that's assuming you don't go for any personalization. If you happen to live in the right area you might still be able to find AirPods Pro in stock at an Apple Store, though. You can check local stock on Apple's AirPods Pro web page.

Stocks of AirPods Pro have always been short, but the ongoing coronavirus situation isn't helping matters. A recent Nikkei Asian Review report noted that assemblers in India are waiting for Chinese manufacturers to get them the parts they need.

"One of the big concerns is whether other parts suppliers in China can smoothly resume work to produce enough parts for final assembly," the person said. "We really have to wait and see how things play out next week. If the assemblers could not get enough supply of parts in two weeks, it will be a big problem."

With Apple now holding back stocks to enable it to fulfill its own Apple Store orders, the chances of picking AirPods Pro up from a third party looks increasingly unlikely. Amazon currently lists AirPods Pro as "Currently Unavailable".

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.