Apple AirPods sold out for the entire holiday season

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A leading Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, released a memo on Tuesday predicting that Apple will offer a new version of AirPods in the second half of 2018.

Kuo also had mentioned that the AirPods 2 will ship with a "smaller quartz component", but no details about exact upgrades or features were included in the report. Reiterating his expectations that Apple will double AirPods shipments next year to more than 26 million units, the analyst believes Q1 AirPods could beat the usual sales fall compared to holiday seasonality. Heck, expedited orders won't deliver until the 5th of January, when the wireless headphones are expected to arrive in Apple stores. We forecast the ASP of RFPCB for upgraded AirPods in 2H18 may increase, further benefiting business momentum of Unitech and Compeq. Resellers may also have AirPods in stock.

United Kingdom retailers including John Lewis, Argos and O2 are now out of stock of Apple AirPods whereas in the US, Best Buy, Target and Walmart are all out of stock. It can be used to charge the Apple Watch Series 3, iPhone X, iPhone 8, and AirPods simultaneously.

But if your family is prone to last-minute shopping then you could miss on getting a pair of AirPods this Christmas.

Notably, AirPods seem to be in short supply across the board, as retailers like Best Buy and Target are completely out of stock until the new year as well. It would be weird for Apple to start selling a new charging case mere months before refreshing the full product.

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