Apple has relied on new devices, and a heavily redesigned iPhone, to spice up its lineup recently, but it looks like at least one of those new creations might not be flying off the shelves.
Apple will reportedly soon be unveiling new AirPod case with wireless charging built-in. This will allow the case and the AirPods to be charged wirelessly when they are placed on the AirPower, the wireless charger from Apple due for unveiling anytime now. But what about existing AirPod owners? Does Apple expect them to throw away their existing case and buy a new one?
Apple acquired Beats, a company that has been known for its line of headphones, many years ago now. But the results of that decision are still being felt.
Forget exploding iPhones, a Flordia man claims that smoke started billowing out of his AirPods while he was listening to music on it. The smoke was coming out of the right AirPod, and as soon as Jason Colon saw it, he removed them from his ear and placed it on a workout equipment.
Sometime in 2018, Apple is coming out with its own AirPower charging station which will charge your iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch at the same time. This will require you to spend $69 to get a wireless charging case for your AirPods. This is on top of what AirPower mat will cost. But if you already have a Qi charger, you can get the same wireless charging functionality on your AirPods for as little as $3.
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.
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.