'This breaks my Christmas heart': Twitter users react as Apple's wireless AirPod earphones sell out until JANUARY at stores worldwide

The Apple store will not be delivering AirPods until after the new year Stocks dwindle as customers flock to local stores hoping for a last-minute pairAt £159 ($159) the demand for the audio accessories has outstripped manufacturing capabilities 

By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline

Published: 11:38 EST, 18 December 2017 | Updated: 13:24 EST, 18 December 2017

A worldwide shortage of AirPods means many Apple fans will be stuck without earphones this Christmas.

Sold out across the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, Apple will not be delivering any of the wireless headsets until January.

The shortage has resulted in mass outrage from Apple fans online, with one Twitter user saying it 'breaks my Christmas heart'.

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A worldwide shortage of AirPods means many Apple fans will be stuck without headphones this Christmas.  The shortage has resulted in mass outrage from Apple fans online, with one Twitter user saying it 'breaks my Christmas heart'A worldwide shortage of AirPods means many Apple fans will be stuck without headphones this Christmas.  The shortage has resulted in mass outrage from Apple fans online, with one Twitter user saying it 'breaks my Christmas heart'

A worldwide shortage of AirPods means many Apple fans will be stuck without headphones this Christmas.  The shortage has resulted in mass outrage from Apple fans online, with one Twitter user saying it 'breaks my Christmas heart'

THE STOCK SITUATION 

Apple, in both the UK and the US, is out of stock of AirPods until the new year. 

They are sold out across the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

In the UK John Lewis, Argos and O2 are all out of stock.  

In the US, Best Buy, Target and Walmart have sold out too. 

Some stocks remain in high-street stores, but the supplies are rapidly declining. 

User @tombielecki tweeted: 'Airpods would be an awesome gift for just about anyone. 

'If they weren't sold out.'

@XOCarynGraham tweeted: 'Airpods are sold out anywhere. That's annoying af.' 

User @alan123zero wrote: 'Seeing the #Airpods sold out until January breaks my Christmas heart, my birthday is December 30th and I wish I knew I'd get my pair then!'

In the UK, AirPods aren't available until the 2nd January if ordered online.

Though it is rumoured that some suppliers have stock remaining, Apple fans will have to order quickly if they want them by January. 

UK retailers including John Lewis, Argos and O2 are currently out of stock of Apple AirPods whereas in the US, Best Buy, Target and Walmart are all out of stock.

While some retailers do still have stock, numbers are low and are dwindling quickly.

It was reported elsewhere today that some UK branches of Currys PC World have stock, but it appears the retailer has already sold out since then.

High street stores and online retailers are all facing shortages of the popular audio accessory as customers grow impatient at the growing waiting times . People have reacted to the gadget's worldwide low stock on TwitterHigh street stores and online retailers are all facing shortages of the popular audio accessory as customers grow impatient at the growing waiting times . People have reacted to the gadget's worldwide low stock on Twitter

High street stores and online retailers are all facing shortages of the popular audio accessory as customers grow impatient at the growing waiting times . People have reacted to the gadget's worldwide low stock on Twitter

One of the cheapest Apple products on the market, there are worldwide waiting lists to get hold of a pair of the bluetooth headphones. Twitter users have responded with fury to the newsOne of the cheapest Apple products on the market, there are worldwide waiting lists to get hold of a pair of the bluetooth headphones. Twitter users have responded with fury to the news

One of the cheapest Apple products on the market, there are worldwide waiting lists to get hold of a pair of the bluetooth headphones. Twitter users have responded with fury to the news

Users hilariously mourned the end of the wired earphones last year, posting 'In Memorium' images on TwitterUsers hilariously mourned the end of the wired earphones last year, posting 'In Memorium' images on Twitter

Users hilariously mourned the end of the wired earphones last year, posting 'In Memorium' images on Twitter

At £159 ($159) the AirPods are some of the cheapest Apple products available, but their popularity has seen a spike in demand which manufacturers are currently unable to meet.

Last year, the newly released AirPods received widespread mocking when they were announced, but proved to be a popular hit.

By Christmas of 2016, the AirPods became unavailable due to demand and technical issues.

Released in 2016, the AirPods (pictured) proved to be a huge success and are so popular that they have sold out for the second Christmas on the bounce Released in 2016, the AirPods (pictured) proved to be a huge success and are so popular that they have sold out for the second Christmas on the bounce 

Released in 2016, the AirPods (pictured) proved to be a huge success and are so popular that they have sold out for the second Christmas on the bounce 

The online Apple store in both the US and UK appear to be out of stock until the new year, too late for any last minute Christmas presentsThe online Apple store in both the US and UK appear to be out of stock until the new year, too late for any last minute Christmas presents

The online Apple store in both the US and UK appear to be out of stock until the new year, too late for any last minute Christmas presents

Despite reports of some availability for stock of AirPods at Currys PC World, it appears they too have run out (pictured) in the lead up to December 25thDespite reports of some availability for stock of AirPods at Currys PC World, it appears they too have run out (pictured) in the lead up to December 25th

Despite reports of some availability for stock of AirPods at Currys PC World, it appears they too have run out (pictured) in the lead up to December 25th

Apple may have hit a home-run with their AirPods but they were far from exempt from any social media backlash then, and the same can be said for now. 

One creative 'customer' created their own parody website to show the value in the redundant 3.5 mm audio jack. 

Apple is yet to respond to MailOnline's request for comment, and has made no public comment on the stock shortage.

With only a week to go before Christmas, the Apple site says the accessories won't be available until January, no good for last minute Christmas shoppers With only a week to go before Christmas, the Apple site says the accessories won't be available until January, no good for last minute Christmas shoppers 

With only a week to go before Christmas, the Apple site says the accessories won't be available until January, no good for last minute Christmas shoppers 

ARE THEY WORTH THE MONEY?

We've always been largely unimpressed with the quality of Apple's EarPods headphones, and were hoping to see a dramatic improvement in their standard following Apple's acquisition of Beats in 2014.

As a result, we are relieved the new lightning EarPods are so much better than their predecessors.

With the AirPods, Apple has created a bold new kind of wireless headphone, removing the annoyances of struggling to pair and remembering to turn them off to avoid battery drain. 

They're surprisingly good at staying put within your ear, and the battery life is commendable.

£159 ($159) may seem expensive for earphones but the demand for the product has seen huge demand which lead to worldwide shortages £159 ($159) may seem expensive for earphones but the demand for the product has seen huge demand which lead to worldwide shortages 

£159 ($159) may seem expensive for earphones but the demand for the product has seen huge demand which lead to worldwide shortages 

Again, the price is steep enough to put some people off, but we would argue $159 (£159) is not entirely unreasonable for high quality wireless headphones - AirPods are roughly in line with their rivals.

The likelihood of losing them is real, but this fault lies in the hands of the consumer, rather than the manufacturer. 

We would, however, welcome a set of small buttons on one or both of the AirPods' stems to skip or replay tracks and change the volume while exercising, as Siri voice commands are just not suitable during exercise.

Overall, the audio standard and brilliant pairing and charging technologies make AirPods an attractive prospect for Apple fans looking to invest in new wireless headphones for use across the entire product range.

They're not perfect, but for a first generation product, they're pretty good.

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