Apple's 2019 AirPods expected to boost the market, prompt Amazon and Google copycats

Apple's 2019 AirPods expected to boost the market, prompt Amazon and Google copycats
Apple doesn’t always follow a traditional 12-month upgrade cycle for some of its more experimental products, leaving the HomePod hanging after a first-gen announcement back in the summer of 2017, while the December 2016-released AirPods are still without a sequel.

Of course, it’s not like wireless earbuds from other companies have made any great strides these past couple of years, as the fledgling industry seems frozen in anticipation of the next step from the Cupertino-based tech giant.

This will most likely take place sometime during the first quarter of next year, prompting yet another big wave of copycats as early as the second half of 2019, according to a new research note compiled by reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, first reported by MacRumors.

Google and Amazon are among those predicted to launch “AirPods-alike products in 2H19.” The former already sells Pixel Buds at the same exact price as first-gen AirPods, while the latter has yet to tackle this market, despite releasing more Alexa-powered gadgets and accessories this year than we can count on our fingers and toes.

Kuo expects wireless earphones to take off in a big way before long, as smartphone manufacturers find it increasingly difficult to defy recent market stagnation trends. That may sound somewhat counter-intuitive, but more and more companies could try to offset their shrinking handset shipments with sales of premium, compact, and versatile audio accessories.

Amazon and Google should be able to provide the stiffest AirPods competition due to their obvious voice assistant strengths, but Apple is likely to maintain its domination over the fast-growing market with the 2019 addition of wireless charging functionality, a possible 2020 “all-new design”, and eventual integration with the Apple Watch for “better health management.” Now that last part sure sounds exciting. Distant but exciting.

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10 Comments

1. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

As always, every one pf them copying apples products and line ups.

3. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And its ok when apple copies to you fanboys.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6599; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Yup you're right. Apple takes away the headphone jack, now others are doing it. Apple makes their phones ugly with the notch and now other OEM's are making their phones ugly...such a weird trend we're faced with now. Listening to what consumers actually want has gone to the wayside. I'm not a fan of Samsung, but my bro picked up the S8 the other day...looks not bad. If the next note has a headphone jack, with no stupid display hole or notch, and a good battery...I might jump on it as my last saving grace. God I wish the gay sounding pixel was gone...and the nexus back in full force.

2. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

When Apple does its entering competition, when others do then it’s copy. Strange

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Copycats? PA please fruit company was not the first with wireless earbuds other companies did it years before. So who copies who?

9. cmdacos

Posts: 3969; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Apple copies others but let Peaceboy think he's winning...

7. Poptart2828

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I can name ten brands that sound a whole lot better than these and much more comfortable to boot.

8. Jrod99

Posts: 708; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Love the AirPods. Probably keep these for 2 more years.

10. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Funny how it's not a problem to own headphones for 10+ years. You know good headphones, not a trash like AirPods.

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