A report by MacRumors, quoting the ever popular “reliable source,” claims Apple will soon be removing Bose headphones and audio products from their retail stores.
The reasons behind this removal were not disclosed, but it is very likely tied to to Apple’s recent acquisition of Beats Electronics. As part of this deal, Apple obtained the popular Beats headphone division as well as the company’s subscription music streaming service. With Beats now featured prominently by Apple, either Bose or Apple may have decided to end their retail relationship.
The inventory change will likely begin next week, with instructions for removal being sent to employees within the next few days.
Another factor possibly contributing to the decision to remove Bose products from the stores could be the National Football League’s decision to prohibit players from wearing Beats headphones while in front of camera at practice and on game days. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was hit with a $10,000 fine last week for wearing bright pink Beats headphones at a postgame press conference.
Apple also sells Bose products via its online store. No word on whether that will continue to be so after next week.