Apple reportedly working on "upgraded" AirPods for launch during 2018

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Apple is planning to launch upgraded AirPods in the second half of 2018, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. 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.

In 2018, we predict AirPods shipments will grow 100% YoY to 26-28mn units.

The AirPods appear to have sold out on the official Apple Store, with customers told they will have to wait until January 2 to receive a pair. We forecast the ASP of RFPCB for upgraded AirPods in 2H18 may increase, further benefiting business momentum of Unitech and Compeq. The mat is also anticipated to launch at some point in 2018.

Kuo did address the current holiday shortfall in AirPods, and believes Apple is preparing to meet the massive demand for AirPods in 2018. AirPods are now available for a limited time on eBay.

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They were officially supposed to debut in October past year, but they finally arrived in late December.

The AirPods won't be stocked in New Zealand stores until January.

A worldwide shortage of AirPods means many Apple fans will be stuck without earphones this Christmas.

United Kingdom retailers including John Lewis, Argos and O2 are now out of stock of Apple AirPods whereas in the US, Best Buy, Target and Walmart are all out of stock. Apple, like most smartphone manufacturers, generally sticks to a yearly release schedule when it comes to their new flagships.

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