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 [...]
In late August, a new accessory brand called Nimble emerged from a trio of former Mophie employees, offering customers various charging devices that are all built and shipped with a focus on the environment and sustainability.
Led by Ross Howe (Nimble CEO), Jon Bradley (creative director), and Kevin Malinowski (brand marketing), Nimble’s lineup of accessories remains modest two months in, focusing specifically on a collection of eight wireless chargers and portable chargers. Over that period of time I’ve had the chance to use all of Nimble’s products, and while there are a few issues with the lineup, it’s clear that quality over quantity takes [...]
Satechi today announced the launch of a new Aluminum Type-C PD & QC Wireless Charger that’s designed to charge iPhone and Android devices at their maximum wireless charging speeds.
For iPhones, that means the wireless charger will offer 7.5W charging speeds, while Android devices will charge at up to 10W.
Satechi’s new wireless charger is a flat charger that’s made from silver or space gray aluminum with a black mat at the top to keep the smartphone from shifting around while charging.
According to Satechi, the wireless charger has multiple safety features built in, including temperature protection and foreign object detection that [...]
According to a new report out today by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Ian King, Apple is aggressively hiring engineers in San Diego, the headquarters of Qualcomm. Apple is looking for designers in San Diego who will help develop wireless components and processors for its iPhones, a move that would further weaken Qualcomm.
Apple posted 10 job listings in San Diego over the past month, looking for engineers to work on the company’s Neural Engine artificial intelligence processor and wireless modems. This is the first time Apple has publicly recruited for these types of jobs in San Diego.
Apple is said to be working on building its own wireless chip for [...]