By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
Published: 11:23 BST, 6 October 2020 | Updated: 11:23 BST, 6 October 2020
Apple has conspicuously stopped stocking headphones and speakers made by rivals, such as Bose, Logitech and Sonos in its Stores.
The California-based tech giant has long sold high-end audio equipment, but these third-party items were removed last month, according to Bloomberg.
Removal of rivals' hardware further fuels speculation that the iPhone manufacturer is gearing up to release its own headphones in the near future.
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Removal of rivals' hardware further fuels speculation that the iPhone manufacturer is gearing up to release its own headphones in the near future (stock photo)
Rumours abound about Apple's plans to launch its own over-ear headphones, which will build on the huge success of its AirPods.
It was reported earlier this year that the over-ear listening device would be called AirPods Studio.
According to 9to5Mac, the hardware will feature sensors which detect when the headphones are on the head or neck of the wearer.
They will also purportedly be able to sense which way round the headphones have been placed on a person's head and stream the audio to the left and right ear automatically, eradicating the issue of putting headphones on 'backwards'.
It is believed the headphones, which have not yet been announced by Apple, will automatically pause music when they are removed.
The current AirPods have a similar feature called ear detection which pauses