According to a 9to5Mac report, Apple has bought Wi-Gear, a Bluetooth wireless headphone maker. The report cites an undisclosed source, but also notes that Wi-Gear co-founder Michael Kim is now an iOS Bluetooth Engineer at Apple – at least according to his LinkedIn profile.
Wi-Gear’s website makes it clear that the company has ceased normal operation, and the vague statement leaves its fate open to speculation:
Notice: Wi-Gear has ceased operations and is no longer in business. We will be unable to respond to any inquiries.
While it’s entirely possible that Wi-Gear has been snapped up by Apple for all kinds of reasons, the most exciting possibility is for Apple to begin building its own Bluetooth headphones – perhaps spelling the death of the corded headphone for good. Meanwhile, a story at The Next Web speculates “something bigger and cooler” such as a Bluetooth home audio system. (But we all know how the iPod Hi-Fi wasn’t one of Apple’s greatest successes.)
Like with most of Apple’s acquisitions, it’s unlikely we’ll hear anything about this until (or unless) a new Bluetooth product is released.