Rumor: new AirPods coming later this year or early 2020

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will release two new AirPod models later this year or in early 2020. The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) says, barring any production problems, we’ll see them this year, so Apple can capitalize on holiday spending.

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He says one of the wireless earbuds will sport an all-new form-factor at a higher price. The second model will have the same design and cost as the current AirPods, Kuo adds.

He doesn’t elaborate on what design changes we might expect. However, possibilities are new health features, enhanced audio quality, a new coating for improved grip and noise cancellation tech.

Whatever the changes, Kuo predicts that Apple will sell 52 million units in 2019, and between 75 million and 85 million in 2020.