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New AirPods 2 May Arrive Early Next Year

05 December 2018, 07:20 | Jodi Jackson

Kuo: AirPods with New Design Coming in 2020


This will be followed by the launch of an entirely new model of the headphones in 2020 he said. Analysts started weighing in, and Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo said at the beginning of November that the AirPods 2 might become official at the end of 2018, or beginning of 2019. In addition, the company may also release an upgraded version of the AirPods themselves with the special case in the box along with some internal and Bluetooth upgrades.

Apple AirPods with wireless charging was expected to debut alongside the much-awaited AirPower wireless charging mat, however, it hasn't seen the light of day until date due to technical complications.

These AirPods will be the first to get wireless charging support. As it is, the current gen AirPods went in for some criticism for its looks when first launched back in 2016.

With demand for Apple's AirPods showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, Kuo believes that Apple in 2019 may sell upwards of 55 million units and as many as 110 million units in 2021 on account of the aforementioned brand new design.

Earlier, Kuo predicted that Apple would launch AirPods 2 in the second half of 2018 but the engineering challenges faced in developing wireless charging pad, that was announced previous year, have delayed the launch of AirPods 2.

Kuo writes that their "growth momentum" will be the "fastest among Apple products" and that they will grow by almost 80% and 90% over 2018 and 2019.

He also calls the product the most popular accessory in the line of Apple, which buys even more than the iPhone. He estimates that shipments of the device will hit 100 million units by 2021, up from 16 million past year. This would not be the only change, as the company would work to update the Bluetooth specifications (probably with the decision for version 5.0).

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