Apple applies for registration of the AirPods trademark

The most controversial thing that will come to Apple's phone when the iPhone 7 launches has to do with how we will listen to music. Virtually all rumors and leaks claim that the next iPhone won't have a 3.5mm headphone port, so there will be Lightning EarPods in the box. Another rumor claimed that Apple was working on special Bluetooth headphones that would not use any cables (or each other), which until now we called AirPods.

Last October, registration of the AirPods trademark was requested but, although it appeared that it was Apple who submitted the application, there was not enough evidence to believe that was the case. The AirPods trademark application was made by a company called Entertainment in Fight LLC and many believed that it was one of those companies that Apple uses to hide its identity and not reveal its plans for the future. Now they have found enough evidence think that this company acted on behalf of those from Cupertino.

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The request published this week is signed by Jonathan Brown, the supposed manager of Entertainment in Flight. This is the first time that a name has been associated with the brand. As MacRumors discovered, Jonathan Brown works for Apple as a Senior Standards Advisor (LinkedIn). Comparing the signature on a court filing in a 2010 civil case and that on the AirPods trademark application, both bearing Jonathan Brown's name (and the former is known to be that of an Apple employee), we can see that both signatures match almost 100%.

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The new documents appeared a day before the trademark office's deadline expired, suggesting that Apple is still interested in protecting the AirPods trademark. Rumors about these headphones assure that they would be Bluetooth and without any cablessomething similar to what you can see in the image that leads this job. These are by no means the first wireless in-ear headphones. What seems more interesting is that they could also include Noise cancellation. The question is: will we see AirPods at the same time as the iPhone 7?

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