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Apple Buys Wireless Headphone Company

It seems that instead of developing its own wireless headphones, Apple has dipped into its seriously large coffers and bought a company that does it already. Reports circulating last night suggest that Apple has acquired wireless headphone maestros Wi-Gear, a company that specialises in making Bluetooth audio accessories.

Now, we here at TrustedReviews don’t like to speculate wildly about the future of technology, but we’ll make an exception this time, so here goes. "TrustedReviews believes that Apple, in the near future, will look to bring out some form of wireless audio accessory for the iPhone and iPod." There it is. We could be way off the mark but sometimes you just have to go with your instincts.

For years the iconic white headphone cables told any potential pickpocket who was using an Apple device and even which pocket that device was stored in. Those days could be at an end however as Wi-Gear already produces the popular iMuff, which was a wireless headset which could be used with an iPod or iPhone.

While companies such as Motorola, Logitech, Sennheiser and Plantronics have had a lot of success with wireless audio accessories, thus far Apple has had little luck in this area. Lucky for it then that it has quite a lot of money and could buy Wi-Gear instead.

While no official statement from either side has been forthcoming about the acquisition, one of the founders of Wi-Gear was just so happy about the news he couldn't keep it to himself. Michael Kim seemed so delighted to be now working for Apple he changed his LinkedIn profile to list his current job as a Bluetooth engineer at Apple on the company’s iOS platform. Way to keep your excitement in check Michael.

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November 10, 2010, 3:04 pm

Does anyone care about wireless headphones? IMHO they're bulky and I don't want yet another gadget that needs to be regularly charged.

Then again, maybe it's another one of those things that no-one cares about until Apple does it.


November 10, 2010, 4:16 pm

@Chris: Does anyone care about wireless headphones?

I assume the thousands of people who have already bought them do. :)

But I agree with you on the charging front, I used to have a bluetooth headset for my old phone, I think I used it about twice, and instantly got fed up of charging it.

@Chris: Then again, maybe it's another one of those things that no-one cares about until Apple does it.

Very possible!!, but don't worry there are lots of Apple users who will know it's not them who invented wireless headphones. :)

Sam H

November 10, 2010, 5:06 pm

I'd like to see a wireless charging pad onto which I can drop my phone and headphones. Come on Apple!


November 10, 2010, 5:29 pm

I'd like to see a pick pocket manage to remove a device from your pocket with headphones enabled. I'm guess the sudden lack of audio would be a tell-tale sign that something was amiss :)


November 10, 2010, 6:31 pm

@MattHero: Agreed, I've always worried about this if I was using wireless headphones. Imagine being pick-pocketed on a train with the thief staying in range for a lengthy amount of time before you realised it had gone. You couldn't exactly do a spot search of everyone in the train carriage. You'd have to wait till the signal started to fade, probably leap off the train at the last minute and then try and follow the signal while keeping an eye out for people who might be trying to pause a device of the same type as yours.


November 10, 2010, 6:51 pm

Well wireless headphones are a product that not so long ago would have been called "magical", so I'm just preparing myself for the forthcoming Apple PR spin on this. At least there will be fewer people blasting out their music on white buds which should lower my blood sugar levels.

If Apple can build in wireless charging then it really would make this far more practical and I could see massive growth of wireless headphones. The charging aspect as others have stated has kept me away from them even though I'd love to be past the tangle of wires that always ensues otherwise.

But it'd probably make more sense for a product like this to work with the Samsung Galaxy Tab or some other large screen Android tablet with built in phone. A Tab & a set of wireless headphones and you no longer need a mobile. So maybe Apple bought this more to stop them making wireless headphones for the competition more than to get their dirty fingers into the iMuff (*ah-hem*).


November 10, 2010, 6:51 pm

surely a pickpocket would have a harder time trying to grab a wired headphoned in device, you would feel the pull of the earphones and the wire pulling in the direction the thief is going. ;P


November 11, 2010, 12:22 am

So is this like the wireless bluetooth headphones I've used for years or is it something new and magical?

I'm confused.


November 11, 2010, 4:19 pm

Apple hasnt bought the aforementioned company. It was simply a rumour.

Source: http://www.macworld.com/articl...

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