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Rumor: Next-gen AirPods set to launch in second half of 2018

By John Law & Cookie Monster - on 20 Dec 2017, 11:20am

Rumor: Next-gen AirPods set to launch in second half of 2018

The second generation AirPods might be unveiled in the second half of next year.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the next generation AirPods will use a smaller quartz component. As Kuo did not share further details on the specs, the new AirPods could be a small update. 

Kuo also shared his analysis on the recent supply constraints of the AirPods: the battery rigid-flex PCB is cited as the main bottleneck in the supply chain. Nonetheless, he expects Apple to ship as many as 26 million AirPods next year. The current AirPods will have an optional wireless charging case, which will be available early next year. 

Source: 9to5Mac.