Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the company will release an updated version of AirPods in the second half
Kuo also said that due to limited stocksHeadphones will not be available until January next year. According to him, the problems with stocks are caused due to the delay in the production of printed circuit boards for batteries. Apple can't handle the high demand for wireless headphones during the holidays. Despite production problems, Kuo estimates that Apple will double AirPods sales to 26 million next year.
Since AirPods First Presentedin September 2017, Apple made only one improvement to them. The company presented a new case with charging, which can be charged using the AirPower stand. Both devices (case and stand) will be released early next year. However, Apple is unlikely to release updated AirPods at the same time. Kuo believes that they will be released only in the second half of 2018.
It is unlikely that Apple will radically change the design of the headphones. Most likely, the second generation of AirPods will slightly change its shape for a more comfortable position in the ear, and sound quality, etc. will also be improved.