Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Apple AirPods sold out for the entire holiday season

Diane Mills | 20 December, 2017, 01:30

In 2018, we predict AirPods shipments will grow 100% YoY to 26-28mn units. Heck, expedited orders won't deliver until the 5th of January, when the wireless headphones are expected to arrive in Apple stores. The rumor blog Apple Insider spotted the memo and reports that Kuo expects the earbuds to have some smaller components and a higher selling price.

A new report from a well-known Apple insider said that Apple is now working on an upgraded AirPods model that should be unveiled in the second half of 2018.

That does not sound like the same upgraded AirPods that KGI is talking about, with a second-half 2018 timeframe. A potential release date, however, is new news. With Apple now seeing great success with the recent launch of their new generation of phones - particularly the iPhone X - it will be interesting to see how the launch of a new product like the AirPods 2 will continue to drive sales.

Apple is facing a great problem to have this holiday season.

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Unlike many of Kuo's predictions about Apple's forthcoming phones and batteries, he does not go into more detail about this particular rumor.

Apple showed off a new Qi-compatible charging chase for AirPods this September when the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X were introduced.

They were officially supposed to debut in October past year, but they finally arrived in late December. Apple, like most smartphone manufacturers, generally sticks to a yearly release schedule when it comes to their new flagships.

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