Consumers wanting to purchase Apple’s new AirPods before Christmas will be unable to obtain a pair of the wireless headphones until at least January.
The 2017 Stock of AirPods All Sold Out
This helped make the AirPods one of the most popular items purchased by American consumers on Cyber Monday. By December 17, media outlets were reporting that high demand had caused Apple to run out of the headphones.
Industry analysts have predicted that wireless headphones sales will double next year. In 2016, an estimated 14 million pairs were sold. This number is expected to increase to 28 million pairs sold in 2018.
Apple does not release official numbers for its phone accessories, but the company reported $5.6 billion in 2017 sales from “other products”, a category which includes the earbuds.
Reportedly, the earbuds will get an update in the second half of 2018. The second-generation version will ostensibly have smaller parts, but may also come with a higher price tag. Apple has also updated the charging case for the earbuds and will ship the new one sometime next year.