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Apple Airpods sold out before Christmas holidays

20 December 2017

Following news this week that Apple has sold-out of AirPods in numerous countries around the world amid the busy holiday shopping season, a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests Apple is planning an "upgraded" version of AirPods to launch during 2018. Kuo noted that the new AirPods will incorporate a "smaller quartz component", but didn't provide any other details on what might be expected in the next-generation wireless earbuds.

The festive sales rush has left Apple's prized wireless AirPod headphones in short supply, with the Apple Store sold out until January.

No further information has been provided about the improvements that might be made to the new AirPods.

Apple previewed AirPower and the new AirPods charging case at the September event, alongside iPhone X. It demoed the product - the first inductive charging to mat able to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods simultaneously - but did not talk availability or pricing.

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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.

Apple's AirPods have proven to be extraordinarily popular this year. Unfortunately for those on the hunt, the AirPods now read "deliveries from January 3" on the Apple Store.

With an AirPods 2 launch date coming late next year, it's possible that they will be intended for use with the next generation of phones.

Apple is facing a great problem to have this holiday season.