Apple has a number of hit products on its hands. Not iPhone. Mac sales have hit a plateau. iPad, too. So, where are the hits? Apple Pay continues to grow. Ditto for Apple Music. Watch has become a bona fide hit product, but what really seems to have potential is AirPods.
Remember the third year after iPod hit the streets back at the turn of the century? We knew iPod was a hit product when we started seeing those iconic white earbuds everywhere. Watch has a similar phenomenon going on. Look around. Watch is, well, maybe not everywhere, but not a surprise to see anywhere.
What’s the latest Apple hit product?
I’ve had mine for not quite two years and they, too, have become a more visible product, iPod earbud style, which indicates a hit product. Apple won’t divulge how many AirPods are sold each quarter so we need to rely on the guesstimators and our own lying eyes.
AirPods must be a hit because competitors have pushed out copy cat designs left and right; sometimes with price tags as low as typical Bluetooth earbuds in the $50 range.
Since AirPods have been around a couple of years, and now are showing signs of discounts, what will hit the streets as soon as the holiday shopping season is over?
Here’s what I want to see in the next generation AirPods.
One design change that might be appreciated by some customers is a symmetric design so there is no left or right AirPod; they can fit into either ear and be worn interchangeably. Apple has a patent for exactly that.
For reasons that escape my eye, wireless charging is all the rage these days; at least, all the rage among members of the technorati elite politburo who demand you use wireless charging or be guilty of the much feared infraction of loser.
Personally, I don’t use wireless charging on my iPhone, but I see the convenience. How about wireless charging, AirPower style, for the AirPod case? That would be convenient.
Perhaps the most needed feature in AirPods is what you get with high end earbuds or headphones of the can variety. Noise cancellation. AirPods have good sound, but how much better would it be if outside sounds could be muted? Waterproof would be a good addition, too.
Watch has become an excellent blend of fashion, utility, and health. How about some health features in AirPods? I’m not up on all the biometric sensors available to humankind these days, but additional health tracking capability– similar to Motiv’s ring— would make them worth the already hefty price tag.
That new AirPods are coming next year is not news. What the AirPods do different than last year’s model will be the surprise.