Apple Made a Bluetooth Earpiece
Long before the AIrPods were even a glimmer in Apple’s eyes, the company actually released its own mono Bluetooth headset that was pretty revolutionary for its tight level of iPhone integration.
Apple’s Bluetooth headset, which was extremely compact, came with a special USB-to-Dock Connector cable that let users pair it up seamlessly and also charge it at the same time as the iPhone, which would display the headset’s charging status and battery level right on the lock screen. Apple even offered a dock — as an optional accessory — that provided a spot to charge the headset alongside the iPhone.
It was a clever level of integration that foreshadowed what the company would later do with its AIrPods.