Aside from making hit smartphones and tablets, Apple has produced a long line of iOS accessories. There’s the Smart Cover, the iPad Keyboard Dock, the iPod Hi-Fi Stereo, oh and remember Apple’s Bluetooth headset?

While the device didn’t garner much consumer attention, it appears that Apple hasn’t given up on the headset market. According to a new patent application, the company has another one in the works…

AppleInsider reports:

“Apple has filed for a patent on an iPhone headset accessory that would operate wirelessly via BLuetooth and could connect to the handset to charge or switch to use a wired handset.

AppleInsider uncovered the application early on Thursday after it was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application hints at Apple’s renewed interest in building its own Bluetooth headset.”

Apple explains that its invention would solve the battery life and charging problems that plague the current crop of Bluetooth headsets. It does this by connecting to an iPhone (though it also notes that the invention could apply to other wireless devices) via a cable, which can both charge the headset and pass along audio data.

Keep in mind that a majority of Apple’s patent filings rarely make their way into consumer products. And given the fact that the whole Bluetooth headset trend seems to have all but fizzled out, we’re not sure we see this one breaking the mold.

That being said, it is possible that the recently introduced low-powered Bluetooth 4.0 and other wireless innovations could renew the interests of tech companies. We’re just not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

What do you think, should Apple make another Bluetooth headset?

  • I think Bluetooth really is only good for wireless speakers and connecting to keyboards not much else, maybe if apple worked on a bluetooth file haring device or software that would be cool not another crappy headset

  • jose castro

    whats the difference from other Bluetooth headsets other then 4.0.
    i wouldn’t buy it

  • Never owned a bluetooth headset, but I’ve owned a lot of other bluetooth devices. I <3 bluetooth and I hate cables, especially headphone cables.. Everyone does. Everyone hates them. Their limits.

  • 4S

    easy to lose i think :// but still awesome 🙂

  • People still wear those??

  • I still have the headset they made years ago. I rarely use it in the car cause I have bluetooth built into my Prius. Im shocked it still works

  • ReanimationXP

    If it could attach physically to the phone to charge (or charge via induction by laying on top of it), that would be pretty cool. otherwise it’d just get lost like every other BT headset.

    Even with those features though, if their headphones are any indication of its’ comfort and quality, I’ll pass.

  • Brandon Weidema

    bluetooth headsets will always be useful, especially with the recent trend of municipalities banning talking on mobiles while driving unless you use a headset

  • Justin Oroz

    Yes! They should, but not a headset: wireless headphones. I hate my headphones sometimes, they always get caught on things and falling down my shirt. Which also makes them break faster. This sounds more to me like an apples attempt at new low power wireless headphones. You can charge them from your iPhone or just plug them in when you don’t need wireless.

    I really hope this is what they’re doing because I’m tired of wired headphones and really think they need a redesign for the times

  • How to make a good pair of bluetooth headphones for $180 CAD.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmoH2wDyqvM