Apple Will Launch Upgraded AirPods In 2018
Back in 2016, Apple did the unthinkable by removing the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. To make the transition from wired headphones to wireless technology a little more Apple-friendly, the American tech giant launched the AirPods. The “magically” pairing wireless earbuds were launched along with the iPhone 7 at a price of US $149. While it received flak for its looks, it has gained popularity over the course of time and is the best-selling Bluetooth earbuds in the market right now.
It was recently reported that the AirPods won’t be available until early-2018 and that it might be a hint towards a revision of the AirPods. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a few notes to investors regarding the availability of AirPods and the possibility for a revision to the hardware in the second half of 2018.
Kuo estimates that AirPod shipments will experience 100 percent growth and reach 28 million units in 2018. Kuo didn’t delve into any details regarding the design or feature which might be introduced in the revised AirPods other than that they will include a “smaller quartz component”. Kuo also stated they could have a higher average selling price.
The AirPods were launched back in 2016, so an overhaul is long due with better hardware and sound.