Analysts predicted this, and it reveals that Apple clearly has one other large hit on its palms. In November, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said the AirPods Pro had been a “clear star of Black Friday and the holiday season” and predicted shortages. Ives stated in November that he expects Apple to ship 65 million AirPods in 2019, and doubtlessly 85 million to 90 million items in 2020. (That determine consists of the cheaper, “regular” AirPods mannequin as effectively.)
Apple Stores ran out of inventory in November, when CNBC noticed that orders would not arrive till after Christmas. But, at the moment, AirPods Pro had been nonetheless in inventory on-line and in retailer at loads of different retailers, together with Target, Walmart and Best Buy.
Now, most of these retailers haven’t any supply choices on-line and most do not have inventory in shops, both. There are a couple of shops that may have a particularly restricted variety of items for pickup out there relying on the place you reside. In one case, CNBC discovered a Walmart retailer in Kearny, New Jersey, with inventory, for instance.
Some wi-fi carriers additionally inventory AirPods. Only Verizon Wireless can get you a pair close to Christmas. If you order now, Verizon’s website says you will get a pair shipped by Dec. 27. AT&T and T-Mobile are offered out.
The best choice proper now, when you completely want a pair for Christmas, is to verify eBay. Plenty of consumers are promoting AirPods Pro, however many are charging a $100 premium, with items costing about $350. And you may run the danger of unintentionally shopping for a knockoff.