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Apple drops iPhone Bluetooth headset

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.




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  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    I hope ...

    ... they do remake/remodel that one. It was by far the coolest-looking and most stylish BT earpiece on the market. With added functionality (keeping the same price), it would be awesome.

  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Bad headset

    Yeah, it looked good, but if you read reviews, it was one of the worst headsets on the market. Terrible sound quality and poor fit. Plus, it's also one of the more expensive headsets, so it was $129 against cheaper and better solutions like the Aliph Jawbone and Platronics Discovery series.

  1. designr

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Good riddance

    All of Apple's ear bud products suck. They are one-size-fits-all BADLY. THEY DON'T FIT!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Re: I hope

    It was by far the coolest-looking and most stylish BT earpiece on the market.

    There's a typical mac user. Don't sweat the details about price, functionality, usability, or quality. It's all about how it looks.

  1. JEB

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Finally...

    ...the G5 PowerBooks are coming...!

  1. Tedeks

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Is something coming...

    So is this a sign that something is brewing in the pipeline? Maybe a stereo bluetooth headset?

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    the plantronics 925

    is by far the best looking BT headset on the market.

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