Apple Inc. (AAPL) AirPods Are Sold Out Until After New Years

The AirPods have proven to be quite popular and as Apple tries to meet up with demand for this product, the well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the company is going to launch new AirPods late next year. Kuo noted that the new AirPods will incorporate a "smaller quartz component", but didn't provide any other details on what might be expected in the next-generation wireless earbuds. The Apple Online Store has run out of stock through the end of the year, with current orders estimated to be delivered in early January. We forecast the ASP of RFPCB for upgraded AirPods in 2H18 may increase, further benefiting business momentum of Unitech and Compeq.

A new report from a well-known Apple insider said that Apple is now working on an upgraded AirPods model that should be unveiled in the second half of 2018.

Apple has already announced a new AirPower inductive charging case for next year. Ordering online directly from Apple shows January 5, 2018, as being the next date that AirPods will be available. He also expects AirPods sales to grow 100% in 2018. It can be used to charge the Apple Watch Series 3, iPhone X, iPhone 8, and AirPods simultaneously.

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There are alternative wireless earbuds on offer, but these don't offer the same smart capabilities as the AirPods, so if you're after the headphones tailored for iPhone use you may need to wait until January. The best promise to date is a release "early next year". This means that if you are set on gifting someone the Bluetooth powered wireless ear buds for the holidays, you might have to make it a belated Christmas present.

At a price of $159, AirPods are among the least pricey Apple products on the market (or in this case, off the market) right now.

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