What initially appeared geeky quickly became trendy.
Apple’s AirPods are the company’s most popular accessory ever, according to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and a new model is expected in 2019. Kuo, who has a good track record for accurately predicting Apple product launches, said in Dec. that Apple will launch a new version that includes wireless charging and are smaller than the current model. In June, Bloomberg said they’ll also support noise-cancellation, will be water-resistant and will work further away from an iPhone. AirPods have the potential to become a better fitness tracker than the Apple Watch, though there’s no indication Apple will add health-tracking features yet.
Apple is also expected to announce new “over the ear” headphones that are similar to what it already sells through its Beats line, though the new ones will be “higher end,” Bloomberg said, noting that Apple also plans to release a new version of its HomePod smart speaker.