The AirPods have been Apple’s most successful new product in quite some time. Since launching last holiday season, Apple has seen growing interest in its wireless earphones, and that’s going to continue well into next year as shipments for AirPods are expected to double in 2018, according to analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo.
Final numbers for AirPods shipments in 2017 aren’t in yet, but Kuo pegs the final number to be somewhere between 13-14 million units. That’s particularly impressive when you consider Apple had a tremendously difficult time keeping them in stock earlier in the year. Kuo is now saying that AirPods will build off their momentum in 2017 and continue to be Apple’s best selling accessory in 2018.
In a research note passed on to investors, which was acquired by MacRumors, Kuo believes the popularity of AirPods will reach new heights in 2018. Shipments of AirPods will rise 100-percent with 26-28 million units being moved. The shipment increase will be buoyed by a steady production and growing interest in Bluetooth headphones.
Apple’s vision of a wireless future is coming into fruition. The Cupertino giant received a lot of backlash when it abandoned the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, but its plan is playing out masterfully. As AirPods sales continue to grow, memories of the headphone jack are slowly fading into oblivion.
Moving forward, there has been little talk about a second generation of AirPods. The only major change Apple has introduced in the past year is the new charging case that can charge wirelessly. Aside from that, the design stayed the same.