A report from Digitimes (via WCCF Tech) says that Apple's supply chain partner Inventec will "still be among the assemblers of Apple's next-generation AirPods slated for release in the first half of 2021, but may account for 20% or less of the total orders demanded, according to industry sources". … [Read more...] about Excited for the Apple AirPods 3? You may have to wait a little longer
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Xiaomi was not far behind Huawei with 10.1 million units shipped and year-on-year growth of 13.5%, followed by Samsung with 7.1 million shipments but only 0.9% year-on-year growth. Fitbit shipped 2.5 minion units and saw a year-on-year decline of 29.2%. … [Read more...] about Apple AirPods and other smart ‘hearables’ are ruling the wearable tech market
The standard AirPods are quite good for making calls. With the release of the second-gen model last year -- the ones discussed above -- Apple improved their noise-reduction capabilities, particularly wind noise. The AirPods Pro have three microphones on each bud, one of which is a beamforming mic that's designed to pick up your voice. They also have similar noise-reduction capabilities, plus a vent system that's not only supposed to relieve some of the pressure that can build up in your ear from a noise-isolating design coupled with noise-canceling features, but can help cut down on wind noise a tad, an Apple rep told me. More importantly, you can simply hear callers better because of the Pros' noise-isolating design. … [Read more...] about AirPods vs. AirPods Pro: Should you spend the extra $100?
‘Shengxiao’ or better known as the Chinese Zodiac is represented each year by an animal and its known attributes. If the world of technology were to ‘follow’ the Chinese Zodiac, then hands down 2020 is the year of true wireless earbuds. They’re selling at every nook and corner, brands are falling over each other to launch them and flood the market with options. Apple set this trend with the launch of AirPods close to five years ago and it truly is the AirPods effect, just that brands seem rather slow to catch on and now have been reduced to playing for ‘seconds’. And in the case of true wireless earbuds even playing for seconds clearly seems to be a lucrative opportunity as is evident from the increase in demand for true wireless earbuds. A report by Digitimes highlights how there has been a surge in demand for chips that are required for true wireless earbuds. While the initial craze for true wireless was the AirPods effect, the second phase … [Read more...] about The ‘non-AirPods’ effect: Demand up for true wireless earbuds
When Apple launched AirPods almost five years ago even the most die-hard Apple fan or even the company could’ve predicted its dominance. Yet despite outselling every other brand, Apple’s grip on the true wireless earbuds market seems to be selling. According to a research by Counterpoint quoted in a Bloomberg news report, Apple’s market share has fallen from almost 50% to 35%. Interestingly, Apple is expected to sell as many as 82 million AirPods this year — a number which is set to increase from 61 million in 2019. Apple’s market share has been eroded by Chinese rivals who have been selling true wireless earbuds with premium features at less than half the price. “More affordable alternatives from Chinese rivals, however, have eroded Apple’s lead and the Silicon Valley company now finds itself with just over a third of the market, at 35%,” notes the Counterpoint Research report. “The low-to-mid end segment including Chinese brands … [Read more...] about AirPods sales continue to crush rivals but Chinese threaten Apple domination