A number of different websites are reporting that Apple has made the move to purchase Wi-Gear, a small company that is based in the San Francisco area that specializes in creating Bluetooth headsets. At the time of the breaking news, no dollar amount had been placed on the acquisition. What does this say about the direction that Apple is taking? Some have speculated that the purchase of the company means that Apple will be looking at developing a number of Bluetooth headphones under the Apple brand name. Shortly after it was announced that Wi-Gear was purchased by Google, a number of sources within the company were quoted as saying that the deal has not happened as of yet, but there is a possibility that it could happen in the near future.
The previous brand name of the headphones that were developed by Wi-Gear was iMuffs. The company also specialized in creating Bluetooth adapters that allowed older versions of iPod’s and iPhones to utilize features that are associated with Bluetooth.
The former co-founder of Wi-Gear is currently working at Apple as a Bluetooth Engineer for the iOS system, and his presence in the company may have contributed to the purchase of Wi-Gear. It is not currently clear if Apple is looking to replace the wired headsets that typically come with any of their devices that are used for music, or if they will be developing a completely new Bluetooth product all together. What this does say though is that the company is looking to put more emphasis on the Bluetooth features of their products. It will be exciting to see what direction the company heads in regards to Bluetooth development and the role it plays in future iPhone and iPod devices.
It is clear that Apple is looking to expand the Bluetooth features on their unlocked iphone 4, and now, if the acquisition of Wi-Gear turns out to be true, the question becomes; what will they use their newly acquired company to develop?