Apple AirPods will explode in popularity next year, KGI says

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Apple AirPods will explode in popularity next year, KGI says

  • Apple will ship 13-14 million AirPods in 2017 and 26-28 million units in 2018, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said.
  • Kuo said they're one of the most popular Apple accessories and points to increased supply as one helpful growth driver.
  • Apple AirPods launched earlier this year but were hard to find at first.
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Apple AirPods, the Bluetooth headphones that look a bit like dangling earrings, will explode in popularity next year according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo said in a note obtained by MacRumors that he estimates Apple will ship 13-14 million this year.

Kuo points to Apple's ability to keep the AirPods in stock now — they were hard to find at launch — as one reason for growth. AirPods can be bought with just 1-3 days of shipping right now, he said. "We expect AirPods to remain one of the most popular Apple accessories in 2018, with shipments likely to rise 100% YoY to 26-28 million units," he said.

Apple has not said how many AirPods the company has sold to date.

Apple is planning to launch a new AirPods case that will allow users to charge them wirelessly alongside an iPhone and the Apple Watch, which might make them even more attractive to consumers.

Read the full report on MacRumors.

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