updated 11:10 am EDT, Mon March 23, 2009
Apl. Bluetooth set dropped
Apple has stopped selling its official Bluetooth headset for the iPhone, store listings reveal. Though the product's page exists, and it can still be added to online shopping carts, Apple has newly marked the device as "discontinued." The headset was first launched with the original iPhone in June of 2007, and dropped in price from $129 to $99 in 2008, while also losing its bundled dual-dock.
Reasons for the disappearance are unknown, but could be connected to future iPhone hardware. Changes to the iPhone 3.0 firmware indicate that iPhones -- and possibly iPod touches -- should gain full Bluetooth functionality in the summer. Though the current iPhone technically supports Bluetooth 2.0, it does not allow stereo audio, nor does it support many of the advanced data functions possible on other cellphones. Apple may intend to introduce a new headset at the same time as a new iPhone, incorporating stereo and more advanced controls.