Apple Stops Selling Headphones and Speakers From Third-Party Companies Ahead of Rumored Smaller HomePod and AirPods Studio Launch

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Apple is no longer selling headphones and wireless speakers from companies like Sonos, Bose, and Logitech, as it prepares to launch a new, lower-cost HomePod and AirPods Studio headphones.


According to checks performed by Bloomberg, Apple removed headphones and speakers from Bose, speakers from Logitech’s Ultimate Ears brand, and Sonos speakers from its online Apple Store at the end of September. Searching for these products, which were previously sold online and in retail stores, brings up no results.

Employees at Apple retail locations have also allegedly been asked to pull third-party audio products from shelves over the course of the last few days. Retail stores and the online store continue to offer Beats-branded headphones and speakers alongside Apple’s AirPods and ‌HomePod‌.

Apple has made similar moves in the past, eliminating stock of fitness trackers ahead of the launch Apple Watch. Apple told Bloomberg that it regularly makes changes to the products that it offers as new third-party accessories are released and the needs of customers change.

Rumors indicate Apple is working on several new audio products, including a smaller, lower-cost HomePod and high-end over-ear Apple-branded headphones that could be called “‌AirPods Studio‌,” to be sold alongside the ‌AirPods‌ and AirPods Pro.

Both of these new products are expected to launch before the end of the year, and the removal of the third-party audio products from the online store suggests we could be seeing Apple’s new audio devices soon, perhaps as soon as the iPhone-centric October event that’s rumored to be in the works.

Current rumors indicate that Apple has an event planned for October 13, and if that’s the case, we could see an Apple announcement as soon as tomorrow.

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Wells Fargo ups third-party fintech data-sharing capabilities

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  • Wells Fargo will enable customers to share financial data with third parties via Envestnet | Yodlee’s platform.
  • This move will help the bank take advantage of pandemic-driven use of financial wellness apps.
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Customers of the major bank will be able to share their financial data via an API with over 1,400 third-party financial applications that use the Envestnet | Yodlee Financial Data Aggregation Platform.

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Wells Fargo ups third-party fintech data-sharing capabilities.

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Going forward, Wells Fargo intends to offer clients more fine-grained control over how they share their financial data by allowing them to toggle data sharing on and off and manage what data is shared with Envestnet | Yodlee-supported apps within Wells Fargo’s digital Control Tower feature. The bank plans to start launching the experience with select app providers that work with Envestnet | Yodlee by the end of the year.

The collaboration between Wells Fargo and Envestnet | Yodlee could quickly boost the value of Control Tower for Wells Fargo customers. Control Tower, which helps centralize customers’ digital access to their cards and account information, already offers fairly sophisticated functionality: In addition to basic capabilities like turning cards on or off, it also displays a list of merchants that clients may have had recurring transactions with in the last 12 months—a feature supported by only 35% of the 20 banks in Business Insider Intelligence’s US Mobile Banking Competitive Edge Study 2019 (Enterprise only).

But the partnership with Envestnet | Yodlee will expand Control Tower’s capabilities by enabling clients to extend or refuse access to their financial data to third parties. Organizing all of these capabilities under a single feature could help drive up