Is Apple developing AirPods wireless earphones?

Three years ago, back when the new iPhone on the block was the iPhone 5, Apple welcomed its latest smartphone with the debut of a new pair of earbuds, the Apple EarPods. They’re still the standard to this day, packed-in with both new iPhone models, but what’s next from Apple’s sound-delivery solutions? We’ve already checked out patents for things like a bone-conduction earbud system, but today we’re looking at something quite different, as a theory emerges around a recent trademark application for AirPods.

Apple’s already got EarPods, and it’s already got AirPlay, so it doesn’t take a huge leap to wonder if AirPods might be some sort of wireless headphones. Pretty straightforward, right? One problem: Apple didn’t file for that AirPods trademark.

Why the hell are we even bringing it up, then? Well, there’s a heck of a lot of circumstantial evidence that points to Apple’s involvement. The company that trademarked the name looks like it might be a shell company created to hide Apple’s involvement, and the pattern by which the trademark has already been applied for internationally, as well as the use of a number of law firms Apple’s known to have done business with, sure feels enough like Apple’s modus operandi.

Then again, this could be way off base. For now we’ll be paying attention to that AirPods name and seeing if it pops up anywhere else – hopefully with a much more concrete connection to Apple.

Source: USPTO
Via: MacRumors

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Stephen Schenck
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