Apple’s AirPods Pro sales likely to match regular AirPods by end of year

Apple’s sales for higher end AirPods Pro have been growing steadily since its launch in October 2019, likely to equal those of AirPods 2 by the end of 2020, DigiTimes reports, calling it “an encouraging development for SiP substrate suppliers including Taiwan’s Nan Ya PCB and Korean makers.”

Noise-canceling shootout:AirPods Pro are packed with audio innovation to deliver superior sound and an immersive noise-canceling experience.
AirPods Pro are packed with audio innovation to deliver superior sound and an immersive noise-canceling experience.

Jay Liu and Willis Ke for DigiTimes:

PCB and IC substrate suppliers have seen their shipments for TWS [True Wireless Stereo] earbuds pick up significantly since the start of second-half 2020, and expect the shipment pull-in momentum to last through the end of this year, according to industry sources.

Unitech PCB lost all of its rigid-flex board orders for AirPods 2 to Korea’s Young Poong in first-half 2020, but has managed to equally share the orders with Compeq Manufacturing and Young Poong in second-half 2020, with their shipments all growing steadily due to seasonal demand, the sources said.

MacDailyNews Take: AirPods Pro offer so much more for a mere $90-$50 (depending on AirPods charging case; wireless or standard, respectively), it make sense that sales of Apple’s most advanced TWS earbuds will match and soon eclipse those of regular AirPods.


  1. Except everyone I know returned them as they don’t fit in the ear properly. Large number of people can only wear AirPods ( non pro) as none of the “ in ear” fit us due to narrow ear canal, pressure they build internally etc. If regular airpod shapes disappear I’m back to suffering or have over the ears headphones

  2. The AirPods Pro are great. When I was regularly commuting on a bus (road noise, engine, etc.) for over 2 hours per day, they were the best.
    Now that I’m mostly working from home and rarely need ANC, I’ve mostly switched back to my regular AirPods since they are more comfortable, and tapping to toggle play/pause is often better than having to use Siri (and Siri is still an option via my Watch).
    I was kinda surprised by realizing that, after enjoying my AirPods Pro so much. 🙂

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