Apple may have acquired wireless Bluetooth headphone maker Wi-Gear

“Apple’s official line of headphones and earbuds have always been pretty lackluster in my eyes, but a secret acquisition might mean that Cupertino is planning on changing all of that: according to reports, Apple might have quietly purchased a small Bluetooth wireless headphone designer a couple of months ago, and are hard at work in their labs on a new pair of totally wireless cans,” John Brownlee reports for Cult of Mac.

“The company is called Wi-Gear, and their showcase product was a line of Bluetooth headphones called iMuffs,” Brownlee reports. “According to 9to5Mac, the company very quietly put an “out of business” notice up on their official site two months ago, even as Wi-Gear co-founder Michael Kim moved on to a position as the iOS Bluetooth Engineer at Apple.”

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Seth Weintraub reports for 9 to 5 Mac, “A source tells 9to5Mac that Apple scooped up a small Bluetooth wireless headphone designer [Wi-Gear] in San Francisco two months ago for an undisclosed sum.”

“Apple plans to build its own stereo Bluetooth headphones for future iOS devices and MacBooks with technology and expertise from Wi-Gear,” Weintraub reports. “As you’ll recall, Apple didn’t have a great amount of success with its own Bluetooth mono headset and instead of building in-house for their new stereo product, decided to pick up the small Wi-Gear outfit.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jax44” for the heads up.]

16 Comments

  1. @TT

    Oh my.

    I know there are some pretty interesting technologies for hearing aids presently being offered and developed. Maybe Apple will continue to help that community with some of this stuff. . . . But a superior music listening product will probably give Apple another field to dominate.

  2. “The current line”?

    Apple has the normal earphones that come with the iPod (as shit as any free earphone) and those new in-ear ones, which were praised for its sound but criticized as having a fragile look.

    One free earphone and one in-ear. Is that enough to be called a “line”?

  3. @ lukeskymac,
    “and those new in-ear ones, which were praised for its sound but criticized as having a fragile look.”

    ?!?!?!?

    The $79 Apple in-ear phones may be the most comfortable earbuds I ever tried and I love the volume controls, but the sound is terrible! Tinny and no bass, I don’t know what Apple was thinking.
    It’s not just me, the feedback from people are saying the same thing.

    I hope Wi-Gear can fix this.

  4. Maybe they can utilize the full functionality of bluetooth now, and get my pause and track selection features on my Motorola Bluetooth phones to work when I’m jogging.

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