Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

AirPods with wireless charging case coming in 2019, analyst says

AirPods with wireless charging case coming in 2019, analyst says

If so, it's likely Apple fans won't have to wait much longer for a new and improved pair of AirPods. Furthermore, a total redesign to AirPods is also coming in 2020.

Now, it looks like they will come out in the first quarter of 2019, according to a prediction from well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at TF International Securities.

Kuo did say that the new charging case would have a "rigid-flex board" internal component upgrade, and the hinge would be redesigned to support higher thermal requirements and the internal changes.

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Kuo claims Apple AirPods 2 will also ship with Bluetooth 5.0 instead of the Bluetooth 4.2 version inside the original AirPods. He also didn't mention anything about AirPower wireless charging pad, which is also Apple's most delayed product till date. Speculation initially indicated that the new AirPods were set to launch this fall, but the earbuds never appeared on stage at Apple's most recent hardware event. At the earliest, the updated AirPods are expected to arrive during 2019 and will boast better features.

The wireless Apple Airpods, otherwise known as the "I have a new iPhone please rob me" earphones, are rumoured to be getting a wireless charging upgrade sometime in 2019 and an "all-new design" sometime in 2020. Unfortunately, Kuo didn't provide any details about the next-generation AirPods. However, Kuo believes that the AirPods will include Bluetooth-related updates. He also added that AirPods may be Apple's most popular accessory ever, and he forecasted huge sales growth for the product. Furthermore, Kuo is placing high expectations on the AirPods, as he predicts 55 million units to be sold in 2019 which is nearly twice the amount he predicted for this year.

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