Kuo: Apple to launch 3rd gen AirPods in Q1 2021

Yordan, 24 April 2020

Apple is planning to start mass production of new AirPods at the end of 2020. This was revealed by the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo where he revealed the earphones will arrive in Q1 2021.

The note to investors, quoted by Apple Insider, also revealed the second-gen AirPods Pro are not coming any time soon - Cupertino will start mass production at the end of calendar 2021, so they should be out in Q1 2022.

Kuo: Apple to launch 3rd gen AirPods in Q1 2021

According to Kuo, the market might be expecting new AirPods, but will actually get a new Beats model. He also reported a shift in demand from the second-gen basic AirPods to the AirPods Pro, despite their higher price.

Shipments of the non-Pro earphones is likely to decline up to 40% QoQ and reach 11-13 million sold units in the second half of 2020.

Calculations of the analyst reveal that Apple might ship up to 90 million sets of AirPods by the end of 2020 - 50 to 55 million of the AirPods, the rest 35-40 million being AirPods Pro.



Reader comments

  • daniel
  • 24 Apr 2020
  • nDx

Damn i have wired anywhere else. In the comfy of my room i will chose cable but in other places i have cables. after i try and test intensively for a few days a powerbeats pro nothing compare with this model. Sound are good , they stay in place. Cabl...

  • Anonymous
  • 24 Apr 2020
  • Y7K

As an owner of high-res wired headphones and Bluetooth earbuds, I wouldn't say as far as to say they are garbage. Of course, there's a drop in quality, but anything that is convenient with good noise isolation at $30 is a good buy imo. Like you ...

  • The Smart Idiot
  • 24 Apr 2020
  • Dki

I know man. But higher margins there. Apple started the trend, every other major manufacturer is doing it. The losers are us consumers. Infact I can't wait for apple to fall down, and then they will start making products that consumers actually want....

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