According to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, one of the most accurate and reliable voices on all things Apple, AirPods shipments are expected to double during 2018, with the Cupertino tech giant expected to sell between 26-28 million units of the wireless earphones.
Within his report, Ming Chi Kuo said Apple has seen a great demand for AirPods since their launch last year, calling them ‘Apple’s most important accessory product’. – While no official numbers have been released, the report implies AirPods shipments will total 13-14 million units in 2017.
Apple most recently announced a new inductive charging case will be available for AirPods during early 2018 which will be compatible with the AirPower charging mat.
Apple AirPods are ‘truly-wireless’ headphones, there are no connecting wires at all. Each earbud has its own battery and antenna and they communicate independently.
Each earbud has its own battery, lasting up to five hours of playtime. The AirPods charge in a (included) carrying case, for a total battery life of 24 hours usage. The AirPods know when they are placed into or taken out of an ear due to the inclusion of proximity sensors, allowing the music to be paused automatically when they are removed. AirPods feature Apple’s W1 technology. This allows for automatic, seamless, pairing to iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad devices. The pairing configuration is automatically synced over iCloud so Apple devices will be able to detect the AirPods. The AirPods will communicate over standard Bluetooth protocols for any other accessories.