The already impressive figure is projected to rise to more than 50 million at some point this year, as Apple is purportedly on track to sell roughly 40 million units in 2019, which would represent a staggering year-on-year progress of almost 90 percent. Perhaps most remarkably, Cybart has reason to believe AirPods are the all-time second most successful Apple product “out of the gate”, meaning its global shipments since late 2016 may have exceeded the initial sales of the original iPhone and Apple Watch.
Granted, the aforementioned sales estimates and forecasts are hardly what we’d call rock-solid, hailing from unofficial sources, educated guesses, and viral measurements. But the truly impressive thing about Apple’s first-gen AirPods is their 500 percent (!!!) year-over-year growth in 2018 Google search interest.