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According to a report from Taiwanese media Economic Daily News, Apple plans to release an updated version of AirPods this spring that will be available in a new coating that supports wireless charging, as well as a black version. Apple supplier Inventec has now begun mass production of the new AirPods

The updated AirPods version was originally supposed to be released along with the AirPower wireless charging mat last year, however, as we all know that Apple delayed the launch of AirPower, which also led Apple to not release the new AirPods in time. But as AirPower finally got into production this year, the ultra-popular wireless headphone should be available very soon.

Design wise, the new AirPods will adopt a special matte coating design to enhance grip. Moreover, the new AirPods will also add black color for consumers to choose from, which makes the headphone available in both black and white. As for the price, Economic Daily News claimed that Apple will price it at $159, the same as the previous version.

Rumors have suggested Apple plans to announce its upcoming subscription service at the media event next month, and the company plans to only focus on service rather than hardware, therefore, we should expect Apple to launch the new AirPods via a press release, possibly introduces AirPower as well.

Based on previous rumors, Apple has already prepared tons of new products and services for users this year, the question is when will the company release them? However, according to a report from the Greek website today, the next generation of AirPods, AirPower charging mat, and the new entry-level iPad will be available for in-store purchases and shipping on March 29.

It should be noted that although the website quoted a supply chain source given a specific date, it did not have an accurate track record of Apple's upcoming products in the past, it only said that Apple's product launch event will be held in late March and that pre-order will begin on March 22nd. Nevertheless, OnLeaks claims that AirPods 2 may not launch until this fall, even though he's not 100% sure.

It is widely regarded that the new AirPods will enable support for Hey Siri, launches alongside the AirPods wireless charging case, and the release of AirPower wireless charging mat. The new generation of iPad models, including the iPad and iPad mini, will likely to be debuted in the March event as well.

We have also learned that Apple is planning a number of media services, including the Apple News Magazine subscription and its original content TV packages. On the other hand, Some analysts expect Apple to push all these services into one large all-in-one bundle subscription.

The highly-anticipated Apple AirPower wireless charging mat will be officially launched this spring, while the second-generation AirPods will feature a special matte coating for easy grip and improved sound quality, comes in black and white colors, to include heart-rate monitoring feature, and a $200 price tag, according to rumor site MySmartPrice, who quoted a "Trusted source"

Speaks on AirPower, MySmartPrice's source suggests that due to its new 8-7-7 coil configuration, the wireless chagring mat will be thicker than originally planned. The source also mentioned that some of the exclusive features will not be activated until iOS 13 comes out, and it will carry a $149 price tag, which we have reported last year that's how much Apple will price the accessory at.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese media DigiTimes is out with a similar report claiming that Apple will release the new-generation of AirPods in the first half of this year and expect the AirPods shipment to grow further following the launch of the accessory. DigiTimes also believes that TSMC will remain to be the sole supplier of Apple’s A-series chips, with the A13 chip continue to be made on the 7-nanometer process.

According to the Taiwanese media Digitimes, Apple will release the next-generation AirPods with "health monitoring" capabilities in the first half of 2019, the AirPods 2 will adopt a unique design and is expected to receive enthusiastic response from the market. However, the report didn't mention or cite any sources for the AirPods rumor, perhaps it was referring to a prediction made from Ming-Chi Kuo.

In terms of wireless headsets, Apple is set to release AirPods 2 sometime in the first half of 2019, and the new wireless earbuds with discrete designs to carry health monitoring functions are expected to receive enthusiastic market responses. Other brand vendors have all planned to launch wireless headsets in the year, with market competition seen to heat up soon.
In November last year, the new AirPods was added to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group's regulatory database, indicating that a new version of Apple's wireless headphone may be released soon. Although no new features were listed, AirPods in the database does support the Bluetooth 5.0 specification, while current AirPods support Bluetooth 4.0, and we expecting a wireless charging case for it coming soon.

Apple is also believed in the work for third-generation of AirPods, which is expected to be announced in 2020. The device will adopt a new design and may also improve waterproof performance. It's rumored that the third-generation AirPods will also include noise cancellation and increase the effective communication range with the iPhone or iPad.

Apple has started selling the Catalyst waterproof case designed for AirPods on its Online Store and at retail stores, this is also the first time that Apple sold AirPods-related accessories on its platform. While you can also order the AirPods case on Amazon for $5 cheaper than the one Apple sells.

This case offers IP67 water resistant (1 meter for an hour) for AirPods, and it can also resist the drop and dust out and most importantly, it meets or exceed military standard 810G for drops and shocks. It is worth stating that it comes in with a loop and aluminum carabiner that can be easily hung in a backpack or on the clothes.
Available only at Apple, the Catalyst Waterproof Case for AirPods Special Edition completely protects and secures your AirPods so you can take them anywhere. This stylish, waterproof, and drop proof case is made of soft and durable silicone and includes a premium lightweight carabiner for attaching it to your bag or belt loop.
The design of the case is really flexible. You don't need to pump the AirPods out of the case and be able to charge it directly, but it will be a little troublesome every time when you use the AirPods in trade off for the waterproof and drop proof features. The case is priced at $29.95 in Black, White, and Glow in the Dark versions, available only in the US and Canada.

Apple was granted a patent recently, and the technologies it included is likely to be used in future AirPods designs. It mentions a new earbuds technology that can be interchanged with the left and right ears, and also integrates at least one biometric sensor for making biometric measurements.

Apple has long been pursuing a "gold standard" that fits the shape of all human ears, in order to fit the buds for as many users as possible, the company has tested countless prototypes. and finally goes for the current one, but if the traditional left and right earbuds can be improved into a universal design, not only can reduce the production cost, but also offer a better user experience.

At the same time, the use of, biometric sensors can be detected the health status of the user, since the AirPods can be used for both left and right ears. Biometric sensors need to be firmly pressed against the skin for better work. It is stated that foam will be used to extend the buds to the ear canal, which is clearly different from the traditional plastic molds currently used in EarPods and AirPods.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has recently predicted that Apple will unveil a new design to AirPods in 2020, whether today's patents are related to it is still unknown, plus Kuo released a new investor note yesterday, claiming that AirPods will include some sort of health management feature.

The latest report from TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believe that AirPods is not just a wireless headphone for Apple and predicts that it will become more and more important in the Apple ecosystem. The reliable Apple analyst explained a couple of reasons that why AirPods = Communication + Music + Voice Assistant + Health Management.

Firstly, he says that it increase the cost of users moving from iOS to Android ecosystem. Continue on, he states that it's easy to invoke voice assistant, which makes it an important product for voice assistant and AI. Furthermore, since the ear is a perfect area to measure several important health parameters, so it could be integrated with Apple Watch in the future to provide better health management.

Kuo, however, didn't specific why the AirPods is ideal for communication and music, it's obvious that the headset offers great music experience. And on the communication part, with "Hey Siri" coming to AirPods, you don't have to take out your phone, you can just ask the virtual assistant to make phone or sending text messages.

AirPods shipments are growing fast and is currently the most successful products for Apple in years, Kuo forecasts that many brands will follow in 2019. During his last investor report, Kuo pointed out that by 2021, Apple will ship 110 million units. He also predicts AirPods 2 will be released in Q3 of next year, with even bigger change in design in 2020.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi is out with the latest research report on AirPods, which has given hope to users who awaits the second-generation AirPods wireless headphone. Kuo says that AirPods is the fastest growing Apple products, and expects the growth in shipments in 2018 and 2019 will be about 80% and 90%, respectively, while the annual shipments are expected to reach 100 million units by 2021.

Kuo believes that Apple will launch an upgraded version that supports wireless charging in the first quarter of next year, and even predicts that it will see a big change at the same time in the following year: he claims that the new design version will drive the replacement needs, and to be highly integrated with iOS and Mac products for more innovative user experience.

The analyst estimated that shipments will grow strongly in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, from 26 to 28 million, 50 to 55 million, 70 to 80 million and 1 million to 110 million. respectively. All in all, AirPods is arguably the most popular accessory in Apple's history and the product that has the strongest growth momentum in Apple products thanks to the large iPhone user base.

"More than 1 billion iPhone users worldwide offer a huge potential growth opportunity for AirPods. We believe that even older iPhone users are more likely to purchase AirPods than to upgrade to the new iPhone. At least 5% of iPhone users currently owns AirPods, so AirPods still has plenty of room to grow," says Ming-Chi Kuo, the often reliable Apple analyst.

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Although we didn't see the new AirPods at October Event held a week ago, Apple may still planning to debut the second-generation of AirPods likely early of next year or this year via press release, according to the new AirPods listings that were added to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group's regulatory database on November 1st.

We can see on the list that the unreleased AirPods have model numbers A2031 and A2032, correspond to a left AirPod and a right AirPod, both of which have completed the Bluetooth Qualification Process. Furthermore, the wireless headphone appears to have Bluetooth 5.0 built-in, so that means you can still connect devices with Bluetooth pairing at faster rate.

It's been long-rumored that Apple is prepared to launch second-generation AirPods with supports for hands-free "Hey Siri" feature. In fact, on September event, Apple showed the AirPods already support the feature. We are expecting to see a new AirPods wireless charging case come out, possibly alongside AirPower wireless charging mat.

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s latest investor report claiming that we could see Apple to launch new iPad Mini on next week’s event alongside two updated iPad Pros, as he shares details on the AirPower wireless charging mat, AirPower, and Macs.

Firstly, Kuo says Apple is prepared to debut new iPad Pro with new design and improved display, USB-C support for charging instead of Lightning port, redesigned Apple Pencil, as well as upgraded processors. However, we can expect the tablet would feature Face ID, edge-edge screen, no Home button and no headphone jack.

Furthermore, the analyst believes that Apple could launch new iPad mini version, where he expect it to have faster processors and better display. It’s worth to note that, Kuo, however, if Apple will announce it next week or early of 2019.

Other things he said that Apple will debut are a new Mac mini, MacBook Air, and iMac with internal upgrades and brings speed bump. Lastly, he noted that new AirPods and AirPower would arrive either next week or earlier of next year. Apple will host the October event on October 30th in New York City.

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Master & Dynamic today announced the first true wireless in-ear headphones MW07. The goal of the MW07 is to add high-quality audio to ultra-portable in-ear products. The headphone features a custom 10mm beryllium drive unit, the metal that has traditionally been used only for high-fidelity products to offer superior, rich, warm, and wider sound.

The cases are available in four colors like Tortoiseshell and Steel blue, also the lightweight exterior material means that each headphone weighs just only 9 grams, plus it has a separate LED indicator for monitoring the battery level of each headphone. Compared to AirPods, in which Apple states it can provide rich, high-quality audio experiences, while MW07 come with a wider and warm sound.

Our MW07 True Wireless Earphones feature beautifully handcrafted acetate and a hand-polished stainless steel charging case to deliver a superior mobile sound tool. Technically sophisticated components such as custom 10mm Beryllium drivers, proprietary “Fit Wings,” innovative antenna technology and optical sensors that detect in-ear placement to automatically play and pause the earphones demonstrate that when it comes to designing the ultimate true wireless listening experience, no detail is too small.

Master & Dynamic claims that the MW07 has a battery life of 3.5 hours and the charging box can be charged for 3 times for a total of 14 hours, even better, you will only need to charge to 50% in just 15 minutes, while it requires 40 minutes to complete the charging process. You can purchase it for $299 by simply click here.

Developer Guilherme Rambo digs into the iOS 12 beta firmware finds that there is a code string that suggesting new colors of AirPods would coming in the future. Though Rambo says this does not mean that Apple will launch AirPods in a variety of color, it's definitely a good sign rather than no hope at all.

Apple reported in its latest earnings report that the wearables business revenue has surpassed $10 billion in the past four quarters. It mainly includes Apple Watch, AirPods, and Beats headphones. The year-over-year growth rate of 60%. The contribution of AirPods is indispensable, undoubtedly, AirPods is already a very successful product.

Apple has not updated AirPods for two years, several analysts assume that Apple would release the second-generation of AirPods alongside three new iPhones this fall. As for whether it will introduce a new charging case or not, Rambo says that the charging case will add external indicator light which can conveniently display if it's charging or not charging.

In a new report, Bloomberg shed some lights on the future strategy of Apple's audio products. According to the report, Apple will release a high-end third-generation AirPods in 2019, as well as the next-generation HomePod, and over-ear headphones.

Next year's AirPods will support noise cancellation and be water resistant. According to people familiar with the plan, Apple is also working hard to expand the scope of AirPods. Third-generation AirPods will also be more expensive due to more new features. Currently, AirPods is priced at $159.

The AirPods will also match the iPhone product line, offering high-end and low-end versions, and high-end versions will support more features. In addition, Bloomberg says that one of the advanced features may be a new biosensor that supports heart rate monitoring.

Asides from the new AirPods, Apple will also release a new over-ear headphone in 2019. It was originally planned to be released this year but encountered many difficulties. It’s believed the new headphone will be a high-end product that is more expensive than the Beats series.

Finally, the report mentioned the next generation of HomePod. The second generation HomePod will be released early next year. And, Apple plans to reduce its dependence on Inventec and distribute more orders to Foxconn. Inventec is currently a supplier of AirPods and HomePod.

Apple has announced that they will release a new generation of AirPods that would include a case capable of wireless charging back in iPhone X event last year. However, few rumors have suggested this product will likely to be unveiled on March the 27th in Chicago.

But if you don't want to spend too much on a wireless charging case, how about trying an accessory called PowerPod Case that only for 20 bucks (early bird price). The silicone case holds the AirPod case, which in turn holds your AirPods. Your AirPod case is protected by silicone, at the same time it can charge wirelessly.

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It uses common wireless charging standards. There is a simple copper coil installed in the back of the case that transfers energy from any charging pad to your AirPod Case. A flush lighting cable fixed at the bottom of the silicon which makes it easily slide in and connect your AirPod Case. Plus the case also contains environmental benefits.

As stated in the above, the early bird price is $20, that is undoubtedly less than you’ll pay Apple for the same wireless charging privilege. The accessory will begin to ship at the end of July with a retail price of $40, so I could say it will save some money for you in the long run. By the way, throwing a $20 to a student, after all, isn't a poor idea.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple expected to release an upgraded version of AirPods in the second half of 2018. Kuo doesn't go into much detail about what exactly will change in the next-generation model, however he notes that they will adopt a smaller quartz component.

Kuo said that the new AirPods will be once again assembled by Taiwanese manufacturer Inventec, with individual components supplied by fellow Taiwanese companies such as Unitech, Compeq, TXC, and HLJ. The analyst also addresses the supply constraints Apple is currently experiencing with AirPods.

Media reports over the past few days on brisk AirPods demand and Apple struggling to keep up with holiday season demand align with our findings and positive predictions on AirPods in several previous reports.

Apple is also said to be releasing a new inductive AirPods charging case that will enable the wireless earphones to be charged with its new AirPower charging mat, which it said launches at some point in 2018. It will be able to charge the Apple Watch Series 3, an iPhone X or iPhone 8 model, and AirPods inside the new charging case simultaneously.

He recently said Apple has recruited Luxshare to help make AirPods, but RF printed-circuit boards for AirPods batteries are proving to be a key production bottleneck. Kuo also reiterated his estimate that AirPods shipments will double in 2018 to 26-28 million units on a year-over-year basis.

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As we enter the busy holiday shopping season, it appears that Apple’s AirPods are again facing supply issues. The wireless earphones are currently estimated for delivery in early January if ordered today from Apple's online store in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, and several other countries.

Not only in Apple's online store, AirPods are also currently out of stock at most of Apple's retail stores around the world, as well as at authorized resellers such as Best Buy, Macy's, Target, Walmart, and Verizon in the United States. All in all, you’ll have to look elsewhere if you waited until the last-minute to buy AirPods for that special someone this year...

If you are still hunting for AirPods, there comes an option. AT&T appears to have stock on its website, but you may have to pay an extra $14.95 for express delivery just within 2-3 business days, and there is no guarantee they'll arrive before Christmas, but also be sure to act fast as that could change within a few minutes.

AirPods are a more affordable ($159) gift idea than many Apple products, perhaps the cost explains why is causing stronger demand than Apple can keep up with. “We have increased production capacity for AirPods and are working very hard to get them to customers as quickly as we can, but we are still not able to meet the strong level of demand,” Cook said in August.

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According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that shipments of Apple's AirPods will rise around 100 percent to 26-28 million units in 2018. He also observed the trend of AirPods wireless headphone, Kuo pointed out in his report that AirPods, is the most important peripheral product in Apple's wireless ecosystem.

The analyst also predicts that Chinese company Luxshare-ICT and Taiwanese firm HLJ will play key role in AirPods supply chain. In the assembly, the AirPods in the past has been exclusively assembled by Inventec, but since the join of Luxshare and the improvement of the assembly process, AirPods shipping time now reduced to 1 to 3 days.

We believe demand for AirPods has been strong, and note that the shipping time of the product on Apple’s official shopping website has shortened to 1-3 days, mainly thanks to an improved assembly process and increased capacity from Luxshare-ICT as the new assembler (the previous sole supplier being Inventec (2356 TT, NT$22.65, OP)).

We expect AirPods to remain one of the most popular Apple accessories in 2018, with shipments likely to rise 100% YoY to 26-28mn units next year

Previously, AirPods' assembly efficiency was very low due to the integration of the W1 chip, two accelerators, dual optical sensor, one antenna and the Dual beam-forming microphones in small space, and they finally solved the problem. In addition, Luxshare may also enter the HomePod supply chain in the near future.

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