Apple analyst Kuo sees updated AirPods with wireless charging support materializing in Q1 of 2019

Apple analyst Kuo sees updated AirPods with wireless charging support materializing in Q1 of 2019
Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo calls Apple's AirPods, the company's wireless Bluetooth earphones, the most popular accessory ever offered by the tech giant. He estimates that shipments of the device will hit 100 million units by 2021, up from 16 million last year. Kuo says that current iPhone owners would prefer to buy a pair of AirPods than upgrade their handset.

According to a fresh report, Kuo also sees Apple releasing an upgraded version of the AirPods during the first calendar quarter of 2019, which starts on January 1st. This model will most likely come with support for the wireless charging case that Apple unveiled in September 2017, but has yet to release.

Kuo says that the new AirPods carrying case will be more expensive to produce, and will include a "rigid-flex board" internal component upgrade, improved hinges to support the new design and a higher thermal requirement. The analyst also sees some changes to the Bluetooth specifications for the AirPods themselves. Apple is expected to sell the new AirPods carrying case as a separate item for current AirPods only.

Lastly, the analyst sees a redesign of the accessory for 2020. There has been talk about Apple adding the "Hey Siri" feature, allowing users to activate the virtual assistant with that phrase. And there is speculation that the redesigned AirPods will be resistant to sweat.



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31749; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’m starting to wonder if they’ll materialize at all, or get AirPowered.

2. surethom

Posts: 1743; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

The most urgent thing that needs changing is for a rubber coating on the earbuds so they stay in my ears or too still fit the case if I add my own covers.

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

PA you might want to check this out. This is hilarious:

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4372; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Yep. PR managers that use iPhones are quite possibly the dumbest people alive.

6. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Yet Samsung hires them.

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And now they fire them.

5. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

100M sells? From 16M? Wow. Not even .odest with predictions. Just like the predicted supercycle and XR sales. Anyways, so far I've only found 2 in-ear options that actually stay in my ear. Bith suck though. My original Icon X which were cool for like a couple days. Suck! I stopped using them because they dont last anywhere as long as they use too and I've only used them for 3 months in a year. The best ones have earhooks. My PowerBeats 3 are just the best considering Beats.

7. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Just like how android predict iphone 5c, apple watch and airpods failure.

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

100M by 2021, He still got plenty of time to shift that number.

8. Shi.O

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

He did not predict it. Apple follows his thought.

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