- According to Bloomberg’s sources, shipments of the Apple AirPods are expected to double this year at 60 million units
The shipments of the Apple AirPods wireless earphones are expected to double this year to 60 million units, according to Bloomberg’s sources. The increase in shipments was largely driven by the much higher than expected demand for the AirPods Pro model revealed in October.
Priced at $249, the new AirPods Pro has noise cancellation features also with water resistance. As a result, Apple’s assembly partners have been at capacity and are dealing with technical constraints. The manufacturers in Asia that build the AirPods include Taiwan-based Inventec and China-based Luxshare Precision Industry and Goertek.
As of right now, there is a two to three week wait time for the AirPods Pro. Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller declined to provide Bloomberg with information about the AirPods shipments.
Along with the introduction of the AirPods Pro, Apple also launched a $199 upgraded version of the AirPods in March. The original version of the AirPods was released in 2016.
Another pair of wireless headphones that Apple offers is the Beats Powerbeats Pro. Next year, both Microsoft and Google will be releasing true wireless earbuds. Samsung also sells wireless earbuds called the Galaxy Buds, but Apple is the leader in the category.
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