Reputed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will be launching an upgraded version of the AirPods in the second half of 2018. However, he failed to mention the improvements and changes that Apple is expected to make in the second generation of AirPods except that they would make use of smaller quartz components from supplier TXC.
Kuo also talks about the AirPods supply constraints which have led to them being unavailable until early January of next year. He says that the supply issues are due to a bottleneck in the production of battery rigid-flex PCB, with Apple struggling to meet the holiday demand for its Bluetooth earbuds. Despite the supply issues, Kuo expects Apple will double its AirPods shipments to 26 million units next year.
Since the AirPods was first unveiled in September 2017, Apple has so far only made one improvement to it. The company has announced a new charging case for the Bluetooth earbuds which can be charged using the AirPower charging mat. Both devices — the upgraded AirPods charging case and AirPower charging mat — will be unveiled early next year by Apple. However, it is unlikely that Apple will unveil its new upgraded AirPods at the same time since Kuo clearly mentions in his report that they are expected to be released in the second half of 2018.
Apple is unlikely to make huge changes to the design of the AirPods. Instead, the second generation of the product will likely feature some design tweaks to make them fit better in one’s ear, improved music quality and some other enhancements.
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