Apple is reportedly working on a custom Bluetooth radio chip for wireless earbuds.
Citing a source familiar with the new project, Forbes reports the product has been in development for several years and might debut in September. The same time Apple is believed to introduce its next-generation iPhone, which will reportedly feature a 3.5mm headphone jack.
A report from Forbes says the company is working on its own Bluetooth radio chip bouncing off of an acquisition the company made in 2013; Passif Semiconductor.
The low-power chip is expected to provide wireless headphones longer playtime and less charging.
Apple is no stranger to wireless earbuds. Earlier in the year, a number of reports stated Apple was working on completely wireless, in-ear headphones that come with a carrying case that doubles as a battery pack.
According to multiple rumors, Apple is planning to exclude the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, pushing users towards wireless headphones and Lightning-based headphones.
The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced at a media event on September 6th or September 7th. The company may also announce other products, including a new second-generation Apple Watch and maybe some new Macs. The iPhone 7 release date is pinpointed for September 16 with preorders on the 9th.