Apple Bluetooth Headset Discontinued

We hear via Crave and confirmed via a quick check at the Apple Store that Apple is discontinuing their Apple-branded Bluetooth headset. It had a nice run, we suppose, but aside from a clever dual-charging iPhone accessory, the headset was actually pretty bare-bones compared with other options (My own personal favorite is the BlueAnt Z9i headset).

It's probably a safe bet that Apple is going to replace it with a set of Stereo Bluetooth headphones in the fairly near future, given that their A2DP implementation on iPhone 3.0 is pretty nice (check out the images in our walkthrough -- much easier to toggle it on the iPhone than it is on most other devices). Another safe bet may be that Apple's 'phones, as with their current headphones and also this now-discontinued Bluetooth headset, will be decent enough but not as good as what you can find from other manufacturers. I'm fond of the Motorola S9-HD, if you're curious, but the Voyager 855 is my day-to-day, as it's sorta-kinda safer while riding my bike as I can leave my left ear open to listen for cars.

[Thanks to all of you who sent this in!]

Dieter Bohn

Dieter Bohn is former editor-in-chief of Smartphone Experts, writing across iMore, Windows Phone Central, Android Central, and more. You can find him on Twitter (and everywhere else) @backlon.

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Jeremy says:

Despite the lack of features on this headset, I really like it. Looking forward to the next headset from Apple.

Steve says:

Damn, I was gonna buy this, despite the bad reviews. I like the light weight and simplicity of it... and I hate those ear loop clip things the rest all have. I have an old Jawbone that a friend gave me free. It works great, but it wont stay in my ear very well (because I refuse to use the stupid ear loop things). So I just jam it and twist it in my ear and try not to move too much. :lol:

Jeremy says:

@Steve you can still buy this headset. Once the supply runs out that will be it. But it is still available!

Steve says:

Hmm... maybe I will. Although you bring up a good point about seeing what's coming next. What to... what to do...

Al says:

@ Steve - You know that there will be a neverending supply of these on ebay. If you still want one in 25 years you will probably be able to find one haha!

Mooto says:

Oh, for the love of Pete, give us a headset that can dial handsfree!

Cindy says:

I shall go pick one up.

OmariJames says:

I always thought this was too expensive. 100 dollars for nothing.
I think the voyager 855 is like 75 dollars. When I hears there was A2DP , these were the first things I thought about.
I actually planned to get those when I was going to get the 3G last summer.

Chris says:

Wait, that was apple's bluetooth headset? You mean tro tell me that Apple made a headset and I was unawear of it the whole time? I wanred that one, cause it looked so nice. Oh yell, to late now. Glad they got the full bluetooth now.