Monday in CE: Apple AirPods Are Absolutely Crushing it Right Now
Despite the mixed reviews and odd-shaped design, consumers have embraced Apple’s AirPods with open arms. According to at least one estimate, Apple has sold roughly 13-14 million pairs of its truly wireless earbuds, making them the most successful earbuds on the market. But that figure is expected to balloon in 2018.
Tech market analyst Ming-Chi Kou said that he expects shipments of the wireless earbuds to reach roughly 26-28 million units this year—a 100 percent increase, year over year.
At launch in late 2016, Apple struggled to meet demand for the AirPods, consistently posting a 5-6 week delay in shipment. That lasted through much of the first year, but Apple has since added a second manufacturer to its roster, which has helped improve the assembly process. According to Appleinsider, Inventec used to be the sole supplier of AirPods, until Apple added Luxshare-ICT to the mix.