“Apple AirPods shipments are expected to double year-on-year to 26-28 million units in 2018”
Apple seems to be confident about the demand for its wireless earphones – AirPods (review), as the company has been tipped to launch the upgraded version of the accessory in second half of next year. Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reportedly suggested that the Cupertino-based company is currently struggling to meet the strong demand for AirPods in holiday season but plans to release its upgraded version in 2018.
If you are wondering what the upgraded version will bring along, Kuo has not revealed specific details as of now but said that the second-generation AirPods will come with a “smaller quartz component.” Kuo has not shared any external changes that will be made to the design of the AirPods. However, he said that the company will release a new “inductive AirPods charging case” that will allow the earphones to be charged with the company’s AirPower charging mat, which is scheduled to release sometime next year.
To recall, the AirPower charging mat was first revealed at the iPhone X event earlier this year and allows users to charge multiple Apple devices wirelessly at the same time.
Kuo shared that the new AirPods will be assembled by Taiwanese company Inventec, much like its predecessor. Also like the first-generation AirPods, the individual components have been suggested to be supplied by other Taiwanese companies such as Unitech, Compeq, TXC, and HLJ.
In terms of sales estimates, Kuo said that the AirPods shipments will double to 26-28 million units on a year-over-year basis in 2018. This prediction also reveals that the company is estimated to sell around 13-14 million AirPods worldwide by the end of 2017.