AirPods have definitely become an unexpectedly popular Apple product.

Currently listed with a shipping estimate of 1-3 business days on the Apple Online Store, Apple is predicted to move around twenty million AirPod units this year—a noteworthy achievement given the supply-demand imbalance up unit recently.

Arthur Liao, an analyst at Fubon Securities, estimated that shipments of AirPods would total around 20 million units this year and could increase to around 30 million units in 2018.

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Although Inventec is currently the sole manufacturer of AirPods, industry sources claim that China-based Luxshare Precision Industry is working hard to procure orders to assemble the wireless earbuds for Apple in 2018.

In other news, Inventec is estimated to assemble just 50,000 HomePod units for the device’s December launch, but production is said to pick up steam and hit four million HomePods next year. Inventec officials today hinted at a future HomePod with 3D-sensing features, including facial and image recognition based on iPhone X’s Face ID technology.

Do you own AirPods? If so, are you impressed by them so far?

Let us know in the comments!

X-ray image of the AirPods charging case via iFixit

  • burge

    And I wonder if any of thoese 20 million customers kicked of about not have a head jack on a iPhone.

    • deepdvd

      “kicked of about not have” … what does that mean?

      • burge

        Edited. Sorry I was using dictation and I didn’t check what it had put.

      • deepdvd

        Maybe try again? I still don’t know what “kicked of about” means. Maybe you could just say it a different way.

      • burge

        Apple removed the headphones jack and some people where not happy about this and made Apple aware they were not happy about it.

        They kicked off as they where upset about the jack not being there and more.
        They made it known that they were not happy about it.
        They posted over social media.

        What term do you use when someone is not happy about something and lets it be known that they’re not happy about something.

    • Cerberus The Wise

      I got AirPods several months ago when I had the iPhone 6S, the last iPhone to still have a headphone jack. I got it because I wanted good working out earbuds with no wires whatsoever. I had been using Bluetooth headphones years before Apple killed the jack, so I didn’t care at all about the jack even when it was still there.

      • Rowan09

        Exactly. Bluetooth headphones is the current and future so I like you went wireless years ago.

  • snooz

    Do you think Apple is going to release new AirPods next year or not when speaking of the high demand the AirPods have now ? Would you buy them now ?

  • Rowan09

    I was hesitant but bought the AirPods around August. One of the best investments I’ve ever made.

    • Juniors234

      I am still hesitant but i will buy in a few months into the new year to see if i can catch them on sale somewhere.

    • Arthur Larin

      You won’t regret it