Apple may ship out twice as many of its wireless earbuds next year. In a note to investors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that AirPods shipments could reach 26 to 28 million units in 2018. This would result in a 100 percent year-over-year growth in sales from 2017, according to Kuo (via MacRumors).
Apple first unveiled its AirPods in 2016 alongside the iPhone .and . Since the iPhone 7 marked Apple's decision to get rid of the headphone jack, the wireless AirPods made an ideal headphone companion. And thanks to , pairing your AirPods to your
Ming-Chi Kuo, who is known for his reports on the Apple supply chain and, claims that the improved delivery times are the result of Apple adding another AirPods assembler. Previously AirPods were only manufactured by Inventec but now a manufacturer called Luxshare was added to the list. The result is predicted to be a big uptick in AirPods availability next year.
Apple's AirPods may be just as relevant in 2018 as they were in 2016. This is because Apple now makes five different iPhones that don't have a headphone jack -- the, and , along with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Unless Apple backpedals and reintroduces the headphone jack, that list could get even longer.
The AirPods are also getting an upgrade in the future. Apple is planning to release a new, but hasn't announced an official release date. The charging case was unveiled in September alongside , but that hasn't received an exact release date either.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.