MacRumors reports on the recent trademark filings for the mark:
A trademark application for "AirPods" was made in the United States on September 22 by a company called Entertainment in Flight, LLC, a Delaware firm housed at the Corporation Trust Center, a strategy Apple has used a number of times in the past to hide its trademark work. The company was created in early September and appears to have no visible operations other than last week's trademark filing.
The site hasn't been able to find a concrete link between Apple and AirPods; however, its method of registration is similar to past Apple trademark filings that the company has tried to keep secret.
The trademark was filed in International Class 9 which includes audio accessories, earphones, microphones, wireless communication devices, and more. Given that the company's earphones are called 'EarPods', it follows that AirPods could be wireless earphones.
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