New AirPods orders won't arrive until after Christmas

20 December, 2017, 01:30 | Author: Christina Harvey

Apple is planning to launch upgraded AirPods in the second half of 2018, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Reiterating his expectations that Apple will double AirPods shipments next year to more than 26 million units, the analyst believes Q1 AirPods could beat the usual sales fall compared to holiday seasonality. The Apple Online Store has run out of stock through the end of the year, with current orders estimated to be delivered in early January.

No further information has been provided about the improvements that might be made to the new AirPods. The new model could feature a smaller quartz component from supplier TXC. The mat is also anticipated to launch at some point in 2018. Unfortunately for those on the hunt, the AirPods now read "deliveries from January 3" on the Apple Store.

KGI also addresses the supply constraints Apple is now experiencing with AirPods. The best promise to date is a release "early next year".




But if you had your eye on a pair of AirPods this Christmas, don't despair. AirPods are now available for a limited time on eBay.

Unlike many of Kuo's predictions about Apple's forthcoming phones and batteries, he does not go into more detail about this particular rumor.

It may seem as though AirPods have been around for quite some time but they only just arrived a year ago. Apple, like most smartphone manufacturers, generally sticks to a yearly release schedule when it comes to their new flagships.

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