Apple’s acquisition of Beats may not center entirely around music and music accessories. A new patent granted to the Cupertino company suggests it has plans to branch the brand out into a new market: gaming.
AppleInsider discovered the patent, titled “Gaming headset” on Tuesday, which shows various images of a headset with an attached microphone that curves out in front of a user’s mouth — like a typical gaming headset and different from the standard microphone that exists on the cord of some music-focused headsets.
As AppleInsider notes, the patent doesn’t describe the product in text, and instead only shows images of the gaming headset. The site also points to the two inventors, who previously worked for Ammunition, a company that designed Beats headsets.
Wires aren’t in any of the pictures, which suggests this is purely a wireless headset that might operate over a Bluetooth connection with a gaming console or, perhaps, even a new Apple TV. The design, save for the microphone, looks akin to any other pair of Beats headsets.
The patent doesn’t necessarily guarantee that Apple will introduce a gaming headset, though it seems plausible at this point that it will — if it can find enough demand to enter the market.