According to people familiar with the matter, MediaTek has entered Apple’s supply chain for headphones. Since Apple owns Beats and its headset factories, the company has chosen MediaTek to make some of the components for the headphones.
This is the first time MediaTek has entered Apple’s supply chain but it’s not clear which components the Taiwanese maker supplies.
Industry watchers believe that the first order will ship between February and March this year. Even since Apple discontinued including headphones inside the iPhone’s retail box, the company has been expanding its range of own-branded and Beats headphones.
The estimates are that Apple will ship around 200 million iPhones this year, most of them will need a pair of headphones and here’s where Beats’ portfolio comes into play.