A new patent sheds light on what to expect from Apple’s next-gen AirPods. Its latest pair of wireless headphones could work in either ear, detect which ear they’ve been placed in, and track your health to boot.
The patent was filed last year but has only just been awarded to Apple. It mentions “universal” AirPods that use biometric sensors to detect which ear they’ve been placed in and tweak the audio settings accordingly. So no more checking for left and right earbuds.
This biometric sensor could also monitor the wearer’s heart rate, take your body temperature and track other health metrics.
This is only a patent for now, so the actual technology could still be years away. But Apple is definitely working on new versions of the AirPods. The product launched in 2016 and hasn’t seen a refresh since, making it pretty ancient in technological terms.
Before these, we’re expecting a pair with noise cancellation and waterproof protection. Which would be a happy halfway house until this more substantial upgrade.
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