What you need to know
- Some Apple Stores now have AirPods Max available.
- Ordering online still has a 12-week delivery window.
Anyone ordering a pair of AirPods Max for delivery right now is set for a three-month wait, at best. But there might be a way to get a pair sooner, so long as you happen to live in the right part of the world. Some Apple Stores received AirPods Max stock today, but it's shifting fast.
Today, some people have been able to walk into an Apple Store and buy AirPods Max right off the shelf. Others have been able to reserve a pair online and collect in-store and that's the route I'd recommend. But be quick, because these things are shifting quickly.
As an example, I checked UK stock earlier today and could get AirPods Max from a handful of stores same-day, while others could get me a pair for tomorrow. Now, only one store is good to go, and even then I'd have to wait until tomorrow.
I'm told by one UK Apple Store that stocks of AirPods Max are "in high demand" and that the store's "extremely low" on product. Less than four hours later, they were all gone.
It's still early in parts of the United States but stock seems even more sporadic at the stores I've checked. If you're in the market for AirPods Max I'd definitely suggest checking stock on Apple.com or using the Apple Store app. Especially before making a trip out!
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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.