A mystery business deal from Apple is leading to speculation that wireless headphone systems might soon become a standard feature for iOS devices.
Apple blog 9to5Machas the story on the matter. The blog suggests that Apple recently acquired Wi-Gear. The peripheral company develops Bluetooth wireless headphones for use with products such as iPhone and iPod Touch.
While there has been no formal acknowledgment of the acquisition yet, there are a number of clues that point to a deal having been done for weeks. 9to5Mac noted that the company has shut down operations and its co-founder has taken a position with Apple.
That such a deal would be done with little fanfare is not unusual. Apple doesn't always acknowledge its acquisitions and when it does there's not much information typically released.
But what could this mean for Apple? Well, the obvious short-term answer would be the addition of wireless headphones. While Apple's stock headphones aren't up to the level of the high-end products out there, they're certainly not complete junk. Adding wireless capabilities could make the headphones that most people use with their iOS devices even better.
In the long term it could be even more interesting. Could this be part of a larger effort by Apple to develop BlueTooth products? While up to this point Apple has held off of delving too far into the peripheral space, perhaps they could be looking to take some business back from third party vendors.
Also going forward, could Apple finally be looking to put some of that huge pile of reserve cash to use? Steve Jobs said that the company could be looking to make a deal, and this might signal the start of a string of acquisitions.
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