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Wireless headphone Companies who have contracts with Apple stores may be getting a little worried after Apple purchased Wi-Gear, a company specialising in wireless headphones.

Wireless headphone Companies who have contracts with Apple stores may be getting a little worried after Apple purchased Wi-Gear, a company specialising in wireless headphones.

Speculation has it that Apple will launch a new iPad and iPhone complete with Wireless headphones next year.

Apple’s iconic white earbuds could be replaced with Bluetooth stereo headphones a move which could hurt instore headphone sales.

According to technology website 9to5Mac, Apple has acquired Wi-Gear, a company that specialises in making Bluetooth audio accessories. The supposed acquisition has raised hopes in some quarters that Apple will include a set of wireless stereo headphones with the next version of the iPhone and iPod touch.
Although neither Wi-Gear nor Apple have officially confirmed the deal, the LinkedIn profile of Michael Kim, co-founder of Wi-Gear, now shows that he is a Bluetooth engineer at Apple on the company’s IOS platform.

Wi-Gear made the iMuffs range of Bluetooth stereo headsets that proved popular with many iPhone and iPod touch users, who wanted to listen to their music without a tangle of headphone cables.

Apple already makes a range of Bluetooth accessories, including mice, trackpads and keyboards, but had limited success with its own mono Bluetooth audio solutions. The acquisition of Wi-Gear, if true, could help the company to compete more closely with the likes of Motorola and Plantronics, who also produce Bluetooth audio equipment.
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