As part of its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to support domestic companies in the U.S., Apple has invested $390 million in Finisar. This manufacturer is known for VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) wafers that are used on the iPhone X for the TrueDepth camera system. VCSEL is also used on the AirPods where it detects when the earbuds are removed or inserted back into the case.
As per renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, AirPods shipments will double to around 26-28 million units in 2018. The Bluetooth earbuds will also remain among Apple’s most popular accessory in 2018 as well.
This last weekend was a flurry of excitement for companies, thanks to both Black Friday (and the subsequent two days) and Cyber Monday.
The holiday season has already kicked off, so, in turn, companies are starting to release their themed ads to get people in the mood to buy new things.
Wireless headphones are all the rage these days, especially considering the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack in so many smartphones.
Almost a year after its release, Apple seems to be finally closing in on reaching a supply/demand balance for the AirPods. The wireless earbuds have largely been in short supply since their launch last year, with average shipping times of around a three to four weeks. Now though, shipping times of AirPods have reduced to just three to five business days in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and other major countries.
At its iPhone launch event earlier this week, Apple showed an AirPods case with wireless charging feature built-in. The revised AirPods case features a battery indicator outside of the case and has support for Qi wireless charging.
The AirPods battery lasts a fair amount of time, and the included charging case means you can keep going with just a quick charge, too.
Apple’s truly wireless headphones, the AirPods, have technically been available since December of last year. And, despite the fact that they’ve been incredibly difficult to come by for most consumers, they are apparently doing very well for themselves.
If you were to check on Apple’s website, to see how inventory was stacking up for the company’s truly wireless headphones, the AirPods, you’d see that delivery is still weeks out from the initial order.