AirPods: Sales have reportedly doubled in 2019

The AirPods demand is growing significantly according to a report: Apple is expected to double sales this year to 60 million pieces, as the financial news agency Bloomberg citing persons familiar with the production plans of the Group.

Apple itself has so far published no specific numbers of the AirPods sales. In the wearables division, which also includes the earphones, Apple recorded a sales record in the recent fiscal quarter – and continued strong growth.

The doubling of sales is attributable to both the launch of the AirPods 2 in the spring of 2019 and the demand for the recently launched, more expensive AirPods Pro, which is "much higher" than expected. how Bloomberg writes, Apple's contract manufacturers are already at the capacity limit, online orders of AirPods Pro, the manufacturer can currently deliver only in mid-December.

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According to market researchers, AirPods accounted for just over half (53 percent) of the true wireless earphone market by mid-year. The analysts estimate that in 2019 a total of about 120 million completely wireless headphones will be sold, the demand is rising rapidly overall. The important Christmas business Apple can this year without direct competition from Google's new Pixel Buds, and Microsoft's Surface Earbuds are not until 2020 in the trade.

Unlike the standard AirPods, the AirPods Pro offer Active Noise Canceling (ANC) and can be resized with three silicone inserts. They are also better protected against water and sweat. The Pro version costs the manufacturer just under 280 euros – 50 euros more than the AirPods with Qi-Ladecase. Even with the AirPods Pro can not replace the battery.

Users of the first AirPods generation report that the batteries begin to show signs of aging after around one and a half to two years. Apple offers in this case the exchange, for 55 euros per AirPod. The discarded AirPods Apple wants to recycle as much as possible.

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