AirPods "Most Important" Wireless Apple Accessory?

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states the AirPods are "the most important accessory in Apple's wireless ecosystem," before predicting the earbuds will be a big seller come next year.

AirPodsAccording to note from the analyst obtained by MacRumors, AirPods shipments will double in 2018-- from 13-14 million in 2017 to 26-28 million units. The analyst believes AirPod demand is "strong" and, thanks to improved assembly and increased capacity from manufacturer Luxshare, shipping has been reduced to 1-3 days.

Previously the Airpods were manufactured by one supplier, Invetec, but the addition of Luxshare has helped smooth manufacturing issues. As a result Luxshare might become main AirPod supplier, and even enter the HomePod supply chain.

The AirPods launched back in December 2016 following a 2-month delay. The wireless earbuds use the custom W1 wireless chip to easily pair with iDevices signed into the same iCloud account.

No word is available as to whether Apple is planning a next generation version, but it has confirmed the release of an inductive charging case compatible with the AirPower charging mat.

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