Following news this week that Apple has sold-out of AirPods in numerous countries around the world amid the busy holiday shopping season, a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests Apple is planning an “upgraded” version of AirPods to launch during 2018.
While the report didn’t provide very many details surrounding the new wireless earbuds, it’s believed the second-generation AirPods will include a “smaller quartz component”, with the new AirPods will continue to be assembled by Taiwanese manufacturer Inventec.
An excerpt from the research note, published my MacRumors, show “upgraded” AirPods will help shipments will grow 100% YoY to 26-28mn units…
Media reports over the past few days on brisk AirPods demand and Apple struggling to keep up with holiday season demand align with our findings and positive predictions on AirPods in several previous reports. […] – In 2018, we predict AirPods shipments will grow 100% YoY to 26-28mn units. We forecast the ASP of RFPCB for upgraded AirPods in 2H18 may increase, further benefiting business momentum of Unitech and Compeq.
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.