Logitech acquires Jaybird, gets ready for a wireless iPhone 7

“While Facebook’s F8 conference was going on, Logitech quietly acquired earbud company Jaybird,” Nate Swanner reports for TNW. “The deal is worth $50 million, all cash, and could be worth as much as $95 million if Jaybird meets growth targets over the next two years.”

“In a blog post, Logitech is focused on Jaybird’s impressive earbuds as a reason it wanted to buy the company,” Swanner reports. “Specifically, Logitech is interested in Jaybird’s earbuds being great for those with active lifestyles: ‘Not all music gets to be shared out loud! We see it all around us everyday – people love to listen to music everywhere and sometimes in places where listening out loud would just not work. Jaybird hit on a great idea of making products for people actively engaged in sports and who wanted music to power their passion for their sport. With the right product (and Jaybird makes them), you can now pursue your sport with your music. It’s a potent combination.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Smart acquisition by Logitech! Jaybirds are great wireless earbuds.

We’ve been using wireless Jaybirds for some time now (currently the Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones). They’re easy to charge, easy to pair, light and comfortable, sound great (and stay in) on a run and on-the-go, and they work flawlessly with our Apple Watches and iPhones.

SEE ALSO:
Apple may unveil patented wireless/wired hybrid EarPods with iPhone 7 – March 7, 2016
Analysts: ‘iPhone 7’ likely to dump 3.5mm headphone jack for second speaker – February 16, 2016
iOS 9 code reveals Apple’s plans to dump 3.5mm headphone jack in future iPhones – January 20, 2016
Apple’s intention to kill the 3.5mm headphone jack is brilliant – January 13, 2016
iPhone 7 said to be waterproof, replace 3.5mm headphone jack with Apple’s Lightning – January 8, 2016
The fastest Lightning cable is also one of the least expensive – January 8, 2016
Apple will drop headphone jack to make the iPhone 7 super slim, source confirms; wireless charging and waterproof, too – January 7, 2016
Petition demands Apple keep 3.5mm headphone jack in the ‘iPhone 7’ – January 7, 2016
More reports claim Apple has dumped the 3.5mm headphone jack on iPhone 7 – January 5, 2016
Why Apple may axe the 3.5mm headphone jack – June 20, 2014
Apple may be poised to kill off the 3.5mm headphone jack – June 7, 2014
Apple may ditch analog 3.5mm headphone jack for Lightning to make thinner devices – June 6, 2014
Apple introduces MFi specs for Lightning cable headphones, iOS software update to deliver support – June 5, 2014
Apple preps HD audio for iOS 8 plus new Apple In-Ear Headphones and lightning cable – May 13, 2014
Apple patents biometric sensor-packed health monitoring earphones with ‘head gesture’ control – February 18, 2014
Apple paves way for more affordable iOS accessories with lower MFi and Lightning licensing fees – February 7, 2014

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

8 Comments

    1. iPhone event isn’t til September. I’m worried the removal of the analog 3.5mm audio port will prevent listening to audio whole the iPhone is plugged into the wall which I do 95% of the time. I don’t understand the reason for this change. If true, it may cause me to not buy it. And that would be the first time I didn’t buy a new iPhone every year since the 3G.😕

      1. You mean Beats?

        Don’t even get me started about Apple’s fumbling in pro audio.

        Apple can’t even keep the consumer products going. The Quicktime, ALAC, GarageBand, and iTunes groups have been AWOL ever since Timmy took over.

  1. Ouch! $150 set of earbuds is painful.

    I prefer my “cheap” wired earbuds (or wired to an aux input in the car) over every other listening option I have tried, from lightning connected in the car to various Bluetooth connected devices, from portable speakers to cars. No difficulties in connecting (and staying connected) whatsoever. The Bluetooth options just aren’t as dependable. The iPhone SE really will be my last for a long time to come. 🙁

  2. I’ve used JayBird’s wireless devices since the first generation and the Jaybird X2 Sport is the third generation. Great product, great customer service, I just hope the sale changes none of that…

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