Apple to Launch Upgraded AirPods in the Second Half of 2018

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In 2018, we predict AirPods shipments will grow 100% YoY to 26-28mn units.

Apple's wireless earphones are now estimated for delivery in early January if ordered today from Apple's online store in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and several other countries.

Kuo also had mentioned that the AirPods 2 will ship with a "smaller quartz component", but no details about exact upgrades or features were included in the report. Until recently, Inventec was the sole manufacturer for AirPods.

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They both have support for 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC , GPS, and USB Type-C. Both the devices will be initially available in European market starting January 2018.

Apple previewed AirPower and the new AirPods charging case at the September event, alongside iPhone X. It demoed the product - the first inductive charging to mat able to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods simultaneously - but did not talk availability or pricing. The analyst said Apple had improved non-holiday AirPods delivery times by adding assembler Luxshare into the supply chain. 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.

As MacRumors noted, the wireless headphones are also out of stock at Apple stores and retailers.

Notably, AirPods seem to be in short supply across the board, as retailers like Best Buy and Target are completely out of stock until the new year as well. Ordering online directly from Apple shows January 5, 2018, as being the next date that AirPods will be available.

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