Tuesday Apple Rumors: AirPods May Get an Upgrade in 2018

20 December, 2017, 01:34 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • AirPods will intelligently switch between iPhone Apple Watch and your MacBook

Kuo noted that the new AirPods will incorporate a "smaller quartz component", but didn't provide any other details on what might be expected in the next-generation wireless earbuds.

The analyst predicts that the upgraded AirPods will come with hardware improvements.

Media reports over the past few days on brisk AirPods demand and Apple struggling to keep up with holiday season demand align with our findings and positive predictions on AirPods in several previous reports. The existence of the AirPower charging mat is not a new revelation, as it was originally teased back at the iPhone X event in September.

Kuo did address the current holiday shortfall in AirPods, and believes Apple is preparing to meet the massive demand for AirPods in 2018. He also expects AirPods sales to grow 100% in 2018.

At £159 the AirPods are some of the cheapest Apple products available, but their popularity has seen a spike in demand which manufacturers are now unable to meet.

AirPods are also now out of stock at most of Apple's retail stores around the world, and at authorized resellers such as Best Buy, Macy's, Target, Walmart, and Verizon in the United States.

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.

But if you had your eye on a pair of AirPods this Christmas, don't despair.

The AirPods won't be stocked in New Zealand stores until January.



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