Kuo: Apple Suspends AirPods Pro 2 Assembly at One Supplier Due to Potential Production Issues

Apple appears to have instructed Chinese supplier Goertek to suspend assembly of the second-generation AirPods Pro due to production issues, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a series of tweets shared today, Kuo said that Chinese supplier Luxshare has expanded production of the second-generation AirPods Pro to fill the gap and is now the exclusive supplier of the wireless earbuds for the time being.

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"Goertek's suspension of production is more likely due to production issues rather than demand issues," said Kuo, without elaborating on what the specific issues may have been. Kuo said it's unclear when Goertek will resume production of the AirPods Pro. It's also unclear if the issues affect any second-generation AirPods Pro already sold.

The new AirPods Pro were released in late September and are currently in stock on Apple's online store in the U.S. — it remains to be seen if the loss of one supplier will have any impact on availability heading into the holiday shopping season.

The new AirPods Pro feature up to twice as much active noise cancellation as the original, charging case improvements, and more.

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Top Rated Comments

TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
3 weeks ago
Apple has been having so many production issues lately. Hopefully, 2023 will be a better year for Apple.
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Eldaerenth Faexidor Avatar
3 weeks ago
I’m glad that I’ve already bought them. They’re true gems imo. I wear them all day long, effortlessly!
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Eldaerenth Faexidor Avatar
3 weeks ago

I'll not be surprised if this is a big hardware flaw. People are having major sync and sound panning issues that seems to be introduced by the day one firmware. I expected a software fix soon but it's taking too long, so maybe it's a hardware thing.
What do you mean? I have them since launch and use them all day long, haven’t experienced a single problem.
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macduke Avatar
3 weeks ago
I guess I got good ones because mine have been amazing. I used them on a plane for the first time the other day and when I would toggle the noise cancellation to listen to an announcement or something everything was suddenly so freaking loud that it shocked me. I had no idea there was a baby screaming just a few rows behind me either. This product actually deserves some cheesy Apple ad copy saying they're magical.

I also really like popping them on my Apple Watch charger. I have the Elago W2 Stand for my Apple Watch which is a silicone stand that you insert your Apple Watch charger into and it has a little shelf that is perfect for holding my AirPods Pro 2. It practically seems made for it.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kenypowa Avatar
3 weeks ago
Someone got caught for faking their yield rate.

Not the first time and not the last time a supplier tried to lie to Apple and got caught.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
minik Avatar
3 weeks ago
I bought my second pair yesterday at BestBuy. Wondering if it's made by Goertek.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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