Continuing improvements to Apple’s popular AirPods wireless earphones will trigger an intense round of ear-device innovation and competition in 2019 as tech companies look to other avenues for growth amid declining smartphone sales, according to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
In a research note published today and obtained by MacRumors, Kuo predicted that AirPods, which are the most successful current Apple product, will rapidly grow in popularity next year when upgraded models appear, with many brands to follow Apple’s steps with their own competing products. Kuo also laid out how he expects the in-ear devices to evolve over the coming years in the context of [...]
In a brief research note highlighting Apple’s suppliers for its popular AirPods wireless earphones, noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that new AirPods with a wireless charging case will debut in the first quarter of 2019, with an „all-new design model“ following in the first quarter of 2020. The updates are predicted to drive strong sales growth for the product.
We attribute AirPods‘ dramatic growth (14–16mn, 26–28mn, 50–55mn, 70–80mn and 100–110mn units in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, respectively) to 1) the upgraded model with wireless charging support to benefit shipments to launch in 1Q19, 2) the all-new design model to boost [...]
AirPods, Beats, and other headphones, as well as smart speakers like the Sonos One, make for great holiday gifts at reasonable prices. Black Friday presents an opportunity for additional savings on a variety of these products.
AirPods and Other Headphones Micro Center is offering $10 off AirPods through Sunday, bringing their price down to $149.99 compared to Apple’s regular price of $159. In-store only. Newegg is offering $25 off AirPods with promo code BFAD155, bringing their price down to $139.99, although they are currently sold out. That’s $19 off compared to Apple’s regular price of $159. Apple is offering a [...]