AirPods Pro Demand is So Strong That Apple is Reportedly Doubling Production

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Following a recent Bloomberg report claiming that the new AirPods Pro are experiencing "much higher" than expected demand, the Nikkei Asian Review reports that Apple has asked its supplier Luxshare Precision to double production of the high-end earphones to two million units per month.


The report adds that Apple has also asked Luxshare and fellow Chinese manufacturer Goertek to boost production of the regular AirPods at their Vietnam-based factories, although it is unclear by how much..

AirPods Pro are currently estimated for delivery around December 31 through Apple's online store in the United States, so orders placed today are not guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas. However, authorized resellers such as Amazon, Best Buy, AT&T, and T-Mobile still quote delivery within the first week of December.

Amazon is even offering a slight discount on the AirPods Pro for Black Friday, pricing them at $234.98, a savings of nearly $15.

AirPods are considered to be the world's best selling truly wireless earphones, with surging popularity since their release in late 2016. Together with the Apple Watch, the earphones have been a driving force behind growth in Apple's wearables category, which recently set new fourth quarter revenue records worldwide.

AirPods Pro feature several improvements over the regular AirPods, including active noise cancellation, improved sound quality, and water resistance.

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Kabeyun

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Not surprised. It’s what we wanted from the original AirPods, and still, despite the predictable whining here, competitively priced for what you get. AirPods were the dark horse of Apple’s lineup, and good on them for capitalizing on this niche.
 

Frobozz

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I bought two pair- one for a gift and one for myself, with the Amazon deal that’s running now. I tried them on in an Apple Store a few weeks earlier and was very impressed with the noise cancellation and pass-through options. Bass and overall sound fidelity is much better than the AirPods. Some of that is simply due to less noise getting in. Amazing how it tunes out engine and train noise.
 

alexandr

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Not surprised. It’s what we wanted from the original AirPods, and still, despite the predictable whining here, competitively priced for what you get. AirPods were the dark horse of Apple’s lineup, and good on them for capitalizing on this niche.
we? i was perfectly happy with the original airpods. couldn't care less about these so-called "pro"s. also what was so "dark horse" about them exactly?..
 

Mr. Awesome

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Yet the highly reputable Consumer Reports said they’re mediocre and that Samsung (yet again) destroys Apple on quality and price. I know which I’m going to gift to people.
I'm sure the people you're giving them to will enjoy having some ugly earrings. ;) (Not quite as bad as the Surface Buds, but...)

In all honesty, though, Samsung's alternative may be cheaper, but with Apple it's all about the experience. The one-tap setup that lets you use them with all your Apple devices, the ANC and Transparency modes, the Hey Siri integration, the bean forming mics, etc. It's just feels more tightly integrated and thoughtfully designed. Most of Samsung's "awesome, groundbreaking" features I've found to be just gimmicks (Galaxy Fold, anyone???) I once heard an AT&T employee say it well: "Samsung is always looking to do the latest and greatest. Apple doesn't do the flashy new stuff quite as quickly, but when they do, they do it better." Couldn't have said it better myself.
 

ghanwani

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And with that, "we" are moving our R&D focus away from phones, tablets and laptops, to wearables.
 

alexandr

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So hard to believe when Apple left off the ability (yet again) to control volume on the earpiece.
and now you can't tap for those controls that do exist - you have to squeeze... i think these are mostly popular among those who's ears weren't a good fit for the regular airpods. i can't blame them, but as for the rest of us...
 

Biu_miu

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Yet the highly reputable Consumer Reports said they’re mediocre and that Samsung (yet again) destroys Apple on quality and price. I know which I’m going to gift to people.
If these earphones are so good, why is no one buying them? Literally in 3 years I have seen 2 people with Samsung buds. Are consumers that oblivious? Are millions of people not able to put 2 and 2 together and buy, apparently, better, cheaper option, if this is true?
No, because this is not true. People will go out of their way to cheer for anything non-Apple, even if this product is objectively worse, just because Apple is "big and greedy" company and they want them to lose.
Please, don't throw out receipts so that people can later return Samsung buds and exchange for Sony or Sennheiser earphones, after they will get tired of bluetooth and latency problems.
 

ipponrg

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and now you can't tap for those controls that do exist - you have to squeeze... i think these are mostly popular among those who's ears weren't a good fit for the regular airpods. i can't blame them, but as for the rest of us...
The squeeze thing works fine for me. I really think people are buying this for the ANC / transparent modes. The sound quality is a complete oversell.
 
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dannyyankou

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Yet the highly reputable Consumer Reports said they’re mediocre and that Samsung (yet again) destroys Apple on quality and price. I know which I’m going to gift to people.
I’ve seen you bring this up a lot. Again, in the end Consumer Reports is just another mouthpiece with an opinion. You can find dozens of other reviews that say the opposite with Airpods .

In the end though, it matters what the actual consumers think, not some company on a high horse with the word “consumer” in their name. If you go to Amazon, Best Buy, Target, etc, they all overwhelmingly have higher reviews for Airpods Pro than Galaxy Buds.