UPDATED: Apple buys Wi-Gear, Bluetooth headphones on the horizon?

According to 9to5 Mac, Apple has acquired Wi-Gear which is a small Bluetooth headphone designer from San Francisco. Previously Wi-Gear had made A2DP stereo headphones known as iMuffs along with Bluetooth adaptors for older generation iOS devices that did not support Bluetooth 2.0 and A2DP. Wi-Gear products were always aimed squarely at iPod devices.

Wi-Gear co-founder Michael Kim is now known to be on the team at Apple under the title of iOS Bluetooth Engineer. Will this acquisition lead to Apple releasing their own branded headphones using the knowledge and experience gained from Wi-Gear, or will Kim simply be helping Apple make a better Bluetooth stack to support 3rd party headsets?

Having used A2DP headphones many times in the past, the experience with music has never been great compared to a high quality wired pair, however listening to podcasts and spoken word is more than acceptable. Maybe Apple will find a way to deliver a great wireless music experience too, when this finally comes to fruition.

UPDATE:  Wi-Gear CEO Mark Pundsack has said via email to Tech Trader Daily that, the rumor is false and Wi-Gear and its IP are still available for sale.

[9to5 Mac, Tech Trader Daily]

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UPDATED: Apple buys Wi-Gear, Bluetooth headphones on the horizon?


I knew this was going to happen. Just a matter of time. The only thing is I hope Apple doesn't use Wi-Gear's existing stock of headsets (and color them white).

Hmmm, I only recently started using the motorola s10-hd, and they sound awesome and I have yet to expierence audio drops. Only problem with them is that after an hour or two they begin to hurt, but hey if apple can make one better count me on board.

This is actually not hard to do. Bluetooth transfers can reach 100kb/s. A mp3 file with 192kbps bitrate reproduces data at 24kb/s. 320kbps bitrate reproduces at 40kb/s. So, Bluetooth can handle it beautifully in realtime.

I hope this doesn't end up going the way of the "iPhone Bluetooth headset". I gave that many chances and still believe it had a great potential, but I was let down...5 times.