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Apple May Launch Two New AirPods Models in Late 2019 or Early 2020 [Report]

Apple May Launch Two New AirPods Models in Late 2019 or Early 2020 [Report]

Posted April 24, 2019 at 4:03pm by iClarified
Apple is planning to launch two new models of its popular AirPods by the end of this year or early next year, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Notably, one of those models is expected to feature an all-new design and a higher price.

We expect Apple will likely launch two new AirPods models in 4Q19 at the earliest. One is the all-new form factor design at a higher price. The other's outlook and price will be the same as the current model's. A common internal design factor of these two new AirPods will be to abandon the current "SMT+RFPCB" design and change to adopt the SiP design instead for improving assembly yield rates, saving internal space and reducing cost.

It's estimated that Apple will ship about 52 million AirPods this year and 75-85 million next year.

Kuo's report corroborates another from DigiTimes which also claimed Apple was gearing up to release new AirPods at the end of the year. The site predicted the new model would offer noise cancellation.

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NoGoodNick - April 25, 2019 at 3:11pm
This is precisely what I expected. While the recently released models had a few new features, hopefully pushing the few die-hard holdouts to adopt them, there really wasn't much to justify a $150 upgrade. They also put off the other new features they'd been promising, such as black AirPods. So, of course, once more people started dumping the various 'alternatives', which never worked that well (I know, as I tried several of them), they're now planning to release the 'true' upgrade model, of course with a higher price. I can't say I blame them, as I didn't jump on this bandwagon earlier, but I'm looking forward to upgrading my AirPods for more than a measly 10-% increase in battery life. I'm actually looking forward to what these newer, high-priced AirPods offer. Like most Apple users, I don't mind paying extra for better features, but $150 is pretty pricey for just 'slightly' better.
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