It’s December 15 in Australia and New Zealand, AirPods Max launch day. The first AirPods Max orders are reaching customers in the two countries, as Apple fans in Australia and New Zealand are always the first to get their hands on new devices.
Those in New Zealand and Australia who were able to place an order for delivery on the launch day before the AirPods Max sold out received their orders and shared photos on Twitter and other social networks.
– Chris J. Caine (@ChrisJCaine) December 15, 2020
There are no Apple Stores in New Zealand, but Apple Stores in Australia apparently have a limited amount of AirPods Max stock available for in-store pickup. Based on a sample, most locations in Australia seem to have the less popular silver and space gray models in store.
It’s possible that stores had the other colors as well and are now sold out, but as with orders placed for shipping, the pink, blue, and green colors seem to be very limited when available at all.
The availability of the store in Australia means that Apple will also have supplies available in stores across the United States on December 15 for those who were unable to place a pre-order that arrives in a reasonable time. Orders placed today for all colors of the AirPods Max 12 will not ship for 12 to 14 weeks, meaning the AirPods Max will be backordered until March.
After New Zealand and Australia, vanAirPods Max sales begin in the Middle East, Europe and then North America.