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Apple AirPods upgrade coming in 2018

by Brandon Russell | December 19, 2017December 19, 2017 12:00 pm EST

Apple’s hardest to find product will receive an upgrade after the summer of next year, according to a new research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst posits the AirPods, currently sold out until early next year, will see internal changes, including a “smaller quartz component.”

Which is all the information we know about Apple’s truly wireless headphones at the moment. It’s unlikely any changes will be made to the design; things like improved battery, range, and sound quality are expected.

Since launching at the end of 2017, AirPods have become a surprise hit, to the point where demand is significantly exceeding supply. The wireless headphones are a favorite among Apple users thanks to their compact design, convenience, and ease of use; iPhone users only need to open the AirPods case and the headphones will connect.

Kuo said he expects sales of the AirPods to grow 100 percent year-over-year, which I don’t think Apple could have predicted. If Apple can keep up with supply, Kuo believes the company may sell 28 million units of the wireless headphones in 2018 alone.

In the near future, Apple confirmed plans to release a new inductive charging case for the AirPods, which will likely release when Apple launches its AirPower charging mat early next year.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.