03. dec Kuo: ‘All-new design’ AirPods in 2020, wireless charging model in first quarter 2019

Kuo: ‘All-new design’ AirPods in 2020, wireless charging model in first quarter 2019

Apple Rumors   |   12/03/2018 - 9:57am   |   by N.Marcel   |   69

The AirPods truly-wireless earbuds are on track to be Apple’s best growth product for the foreseeable future, according to Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo also said an all-new design AirPods is currently on track to launch in early 2020 …

Kuo forecasts dramatic unit growth for AirPods with units rising from 16 million units in 2017 to over 100 million by 2021. He calls them Apple’s most popular accessory ever.

He indicates that existing iPhone users are more likely to buy AirPods than upgrade their phone itself.

Kuo refers to the 1Q2019 update as a ‘model with wireless charging support’, which at first sounds like the wireless charging case Apple originally announced with the AirPower mat in September 2017.

He goes on to say that the new AirPods case will have a ‘rigid-flex board’ internal component upgrade, which will be more expensive to manufacture. The hinge of the charging case will also be redesigned to support appearance changes and higher thermal requirements, and the cost of that component will rise by ~60%.



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