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First they were launching in October. Then they were delayed. And then it looked like Apple might not release them at all this year. But now they’re here, sort of: Apple’s Airpods are finally available for preorder.

At the time of writing, Apple’s site said the wireless headphones will ship to customers on December 29, just in time to miss Christmas. You can buy the earbuds the entire world is terrified about losing right here.

The cause for delay, according to the Wall Street Journal, was due to Bluetooth connectivity problems — making Apple’s “magical” new earbuds sound … a lot like any old pair of wireless headphones. Apple watcher John Gruber questioned the report, suggesting instead that the company has possibly “run into a manufacturing problem.”

Update 7:41 am. PT: Now the ship time reads “4 weeks.”

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