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New AirPods 2 May Arrive Early Next Year

New AirPods 2 May Arrive Early Next Year

Originally released in late 2016, Apple's AirPods are almost two years old at this point. Still, rumors suggest both products are still on the way, and a new report from Ming-Chi Kuo touches on the former. However, an analyst strongly believes that Apple will release the AirPods 2 sometime during the first quarter of 2019. In addition, the new AirPods case could have a "rigid-flex board" internal component upgrade, while the charging case's hinge could also be "redesigned to support appearance changes and higher thermal requirements", 9 to 5 Mac reported. Kuo described the AirPods 2 as an "upgraded model with wireless charging support". Kuo further states that the AirPods will see a major design overhaul and will be launched with an "all-new design". Apple already "announced" such a case previous year, along with the AirPower wireless charging mat. If this turns out to be true, then owners of the first-generation wireless earphones won't have to purchase the new upgraded version just to take advantage of the wireless charging support. That, however, failed to dent its popularity by much given that it is expected to sell more than 28 million in this year itself, which makes for a modest increase from the estimated 16 million that it sold in 2017. He estimates that AirPods are Apple's most popular accessory ever, with the company possibly selling more than 100 million of them by 2021. While they remain a little pricey and their sound quality isn't the greatest, the convenience of Apple's W1 chip remains unmatched across the headphone industry.

Ultimately as iPhone growth slows, AirPods become one of Apple's most important products to continue driving growth.




Although the updated earbuds were originally rumoured to launch alongside the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR back in September, the latest models have now purportedly been pushed back into the new year.