According to Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, Apple is working on adding new features to the wireless AirPods headphones. On his Power On mailing list, an Apple technology expert says new sensors could appear in the headphones to track the user’s health.
According to Gurman, we’re talking about the ability to “get some data about hearing.” The feature appears to be coming to new AirPods models in the next few years — new sensors could be added as early as 2025, he says.
Gurman noted that Apple has already put a lot of effort into developing hearing-related features. In particular, the Live Listen feature allows you to use your iPhone, iPad or iPod as an extra external microphone that will help you hear the interlocutor in a noisy environment or at a distance. The Conversation Boost feature allows you to focus the gadget’s microphone paired with headphones to better hear the interlocutor who is facing you. This is notably available in AirPods Pro.
Apple has reportedly been working on health monitoring sensors for AirPods since at least 2016 – the sensors should be able to measure temperature, heart rate and other parameters through skin contact and built-in motion sensors.
It was previously reported that Apple is working on a new version of AirPods that aims to compete with cheaper models from other manufacturers. We’re talking about $99 Apple headphones.