Kuo: Apple to launch 3rd gen AirPods in Q1 2021

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Apple is planning to start mass production of new AirPods at the end of 2020. This was revealed by the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo where he revealed the earphones will arrive in Q1 2021.

The note to investors, quoted by Apple Insider, also revealed the second-gen AirPods Pro are not coming any time soon – Cupertino will start mass production at the end of calendar 2021, so they should be out in Q1 2022.
Kuo: Apple to launch 3rd gen AirPods in Q1 2021
According to Kuo, the market might be expecting new AirPods, but will actually get a new Beats model. He also reported a shift in demand from the second-gen basic AirPods to the AirPods Pro, despite their higher price.

Shipments of the non-Pro earphones is likely to decline up to 40% QoQ and reach 11-13 million sold units in the second half of 2020.

Calculations of the analyst reveal that Apple might ship up to 90 million sets of AirPods by the end of 2020 – 50 to 55 million of the AirPods, the rest 35-40 million being AirPods Pro.


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