Apple removes Logitech, Sonos and Bose products from its worldwide Stores fuelling rumours it is preparing to launch its own headphones
- Apple has long sold high-end audio equipment on its website and in its stores
- But Logitech, Sonos and Bose speakers and headphones were pulled last month
- Adds to speculation that Apple is gearing up to release over-ear headphones
Apple has conspicuously stopped stocking headphones and speakers made by rivals, such as Bose, Logitech and Sonos in its stores.
The California-based tech giant has long sold high-end audio equipment, but these third-party items were removed last month, according to Bloomberg.
Removal of rivals’ hardware further fuels speculation that the iPhone manufacturer is gearing up to release its own headphones in the near future.
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Removal of rivals’ hardware further fuels speculation that the iPhone manufacturer is gearing up to release its own headphones in the near future (stock photo)
Rumours abound about Apple’s plans to launch its own over-ear headphones, which will build on the huge success of its AirPods.
It was reported earlier this year that the over-ear listening device would be called AirPods Studio.
According to 9to5Mac, the hardware will feature sensors which detect when the headphones are on the head or neck of the wearer.
They will also purportedly be able to sense which way round the headphones have been placed on a person’s head and stream the audio to the left and right ear automatically, eradicating the issue of putting headphones on ‘backwards’.
It is believed the headphones, which have not yet been announced by Apple, will automatically pause music when they are removed.
The current AirPods have a similar feature called ear detection which pauses the music when the earphones are removed.
Rumours abound about potential over-ear Apple headphones which will build on the huge success of its AirPods (pictured). It was reported earlier this year that the over-ear listening device would be called AirPods Studio
Apple sues recycling partner for $22.7 million
Apple has filed a lawsuit against a Canadian company it hired to recycle its devices.
Apple claims it resold more than 100,000 iPads, iPhones and Watches.
The tech giant is taking legal action against Ontario-based Geep Canada, which it paid to dismantle and recycle over 570,000 Apple devices between 2015 and 2017.
Investigators found that nearly 20 per cent of those devices were never gutted for parts, but were sold off.
Looking up the gadgets’ serial numbers, Apple determined many were still connected to Apple servers.
Apple is seeking at least $22.7 million from Geep, in addition to any profits made from reselling the devices.
Another sensor dubbed ‘neck detection’ will likely keep the headset turned on but pause the music when the earphones have been taken off and are resting around a wearer’s neck.
A separate gadget will detect the difference between left and right ears and direct the stereo sound accordingly, according to reports.
This will do away with any left or right-labelled headphones, as the sensor will ensure there is no ‘wrong’ way to wear them.
According to sources, Apple’s new headphones will have Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode just like its in-ear AirPods.
The headphones are expected to be available in leather and also lightweight fitness-style materials, Bloomberg reports.
No price has been announced yet but rumours claim they could retail at around $349.
A release date also remains uncertain with no expected time-frame for the release of the new Apple accessory.
Apple has a track record of scrubbing rival gadgets from its store ahead of a launch of one of its own new devices.
For example, in 2014, Fitbit hardware was deleted from the Apple Store, ahead of the launch of the Apple Watch.