Next-gen Apple AirPods have been in rumours since months now. Earlier it was said that they will hit the stores this year itself but now an analyst says that the wireless accessory will be coming early next year. As predicted by a popular analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, the new Airpods will be arriving in the first quarter of 2019.
These AirPods will be the first to get wireless charging support. The particular model is also expected to support Bluetooth v5.0 alongside a revised W-series processor. Kuo, however, has not confirmed what exactly ‘wireless charging support’ means in its note obtained by Apple Insider. This could also simply mean that the upgraded models may come along with a wireless charging case. He also didn’t mention anything about AirPower wireless charging pad, which is also Apple’s most delayed product till date.
Apple launching AirPods in 2020 as well
Kuo adds that in addition to the upgraded 2019 AirPods, there’s a new version coming in 2020 as well. These are to sport an ‘All-new design’ and could arrive as a replacement for the first gen AirPods (not the 2019 version). He mentions that the redesigned wireless audio accessories may have an ‘innovative user experience’ and a ‘high integration with iOS and Mac products.’
AirPods market growth estimation
The analyst predicts that AirPods growth rate will reach 55 million, 80 million, and 110 million unit sales in the year 2019, 2020, and 2021 respectively.
Last month it was rumoured that future AirPods may keep tabs on your health as they are said to come with new health-specific sensors according to a patent filing. Earlier, the patent stated the Apple AirPods to feature biometrics and noise cancellation features. This week, trademark filings from Hong Kong and Europe suggest the AirPods may feature ‘Wellness Sensors’ among other components. It may also have better integration with Apple Watch.