Apple could be doing away with Audience’s earSmart noise-suppression technology for the iPhone 5, the Mountain View-based outfit has revealed.
In a blog post about its Q3 business outlook, Audience admitted that it was ‘unlikely’ the popular voice-processor would return for the sixth-generation kit, expected to be officially announced next Wednesday.
Audience has been supplying Apple with its tech since 2008 and is in league with a number of Android OEMs, too, including Samsung, whose best-selling Galaxy line of smartphones also use earSmart chips.
Apple is either likely to have developed its own noise-cancelling solution or found one better elsewhere. We won’t know for sure which until the iPhone 5 is released and taken apart for a closer look.
Peter Santos, president and chief executive officer, said: "While we are disappointed by this development, we are confident in the diversification of our business and see sustainable growth in 2012 and beyond. As such we are raising guidance for the third quarter of 2012.
“Looking ahead, we believe our expansion into adjacent markets such as Smart TVs, automotive, and notebooks, will continue to bring growth in 2013 and beyond."
Apple is hotly tipped to unveil the iPhone 5 on September 12th, with a release date mooted on September 21st.
Among the improvements it’s rumoured to bring are a taller, slimmer design, a larger, four-inch display, a beefier processor and 4G LTE support.
Near Field Communications (NFC) tech is also likely to be on board, plus a new, smaller mini dock connector that’ll replace the current 30-pin port on all iOS devices.