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Apple Readies AirPods 3 As big rivals are preparing to enter the market

Just a few weeks after Apple (AAPL) began selling its second generation AirPods, reports circulating the company could come out with their third generation earplugs as soon as the fourth quarter. X Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst at TF International Securities, said he expects Apple to launch two new AirPods models either in the fourth quarter of 2019 or the first quarter of 2020. A model would offer incremental improvements to it. current version while the other would track a brand new design reported 9to5Mac. The iterative update would keep the same price as the current AirPods, which sells for $ 159. The redesigned model would come with a higher price, Kuo said. Apple announced its second generation AirPods on March 20. On Tuesday, Taiwan-based tech journal DigiTimes reported that the so-called "AirPods 3" would contain noise reduction technology and would start at the end of 2019. AirPods is a hit product for Apple and dominates the wireless headphone market. Apple delivered 35 million pairs of AirPods in 2018, which controlled a global market share of 75%, DigiTimes said. Kuo expects AirPods transfers to over 52 million by 2019 and reaches 75 million by 2020. Amazon, Microsoft plans to offer Wireless Earrings Apple's success in the market has not been unnoticed by competitors. Counterpoint Research estimates that Apple picked up 60% of the wireless headphone market in the fourth quarter. It says that competitors like Jabra, Samsung, Bose and others pulled Apple's market share in the December quarter. Amazon.com (AMZN) plans to…

Just a few weeks after Apple (AAPL) began selling its second generation AirPods, reports circulating the company could come out with their third generation earplugs as soon as the fourth quarter.




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Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst at TF International Securities, said he expects Apple to launch two new AirPods models either in the fourth quarter of 2019 or the first quarter of 2020. A model would offer incremental improvements to it. current version while the other would track a brand new design reported 9to5Mac.

The iterative update would keep the same price as the current AirPods, which sells for $ 159. The redesigned model would come with a higher price, Kuo said. Apple announced its second generation AirPods on March 20.

On Tuesday, Taiwan-based tech journal DigiTimes reported that the so-called “AirPods 3” would contain noise reduction technology and would start at the end of 2019.

AirPods is a hit product for Apple and dominates the wireless headphone market. Apple delivered 35 million pairs of AirPods in 2018, which controlled a global market share of 75%, DigiTimes said.

Kuo expects AirPods transfers to over 52 million by 2019 and reaches 75 million by 2020.

Amazon, Microsoft plans to offer Wireless Earrings

Apple’s success in the market has not been unnoticed by competitors.

Counterpoint Research estimates that Apple picked up 60% of the wireless headphone market in the fourth quarter. It says that competitors like Jabra, Samsung, Bose and others pulled Apple’s market share in the December quarter.

Amazon.com (AMZN) plans to release wireless earplugs with its Alexa voice assistant in the second half of 2019 reported Bloomberg. Microsoft (MSFT) also develops wireless earplugs to compete with Apple’s AirPods, Thurrott reported.

In addition to AirPods, Apple sells Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones from its Beats hardware division. The Powerbeats Pro headphones cost $ 249.95 and will be available in May. They are designed for fitness buffs and have adjustable ear hooks that are safe and fit both water and sweat.

Apple’s AirPods and Powerbeats Pro allow users to listen to music and make and receive phone calls. They also have the personal voice assistant Siri.

The Apple stock was flat, close to 207.60 in the afternoon trading on the stock market today.

Follow Patrick Seitz on Twitter on @IBD_PSeitz for more stories about consumer technology, software and semiconductor companies.

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