Apple supposedly does AirPods with various health functions such as posture and body temperature monitoring. Aside from that, the Airpods will also be able to act as a hearing aid, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The claims are based on documents showing a prototype of these earbuds with temperature sensors that monitor the wearer’s core body temperature from within the year.
The report also suggests that the temperature sensors on the AirPods under development may work in tandem with the sensors on the Apple Series Watch 8. The earbuds are also said to use motion sensors to monitor the wearer’s posture and notify them if their body is drooping.
The company recently released a firmware update for AirPods Pro that gives the device a “Conversation Boost” function. The new feature increases the volume and clarity of the voice of the people who are directly in front of the wearer. The gadget already has microphones, an amplifier and a processor that can support the functionality of hearing aids. It is not yet clear whether the company sees the hearing function as a hearing aid-specific feature or as an extension of the conversation boost function.
The AirPods with the above features are not expected to hit the market anytime soon, but the company could launch new earbuds during the upcoming October 18th event. According to older reports, the upcoming earbuds went into production last month and will be similar to the current generation AirPods Pro.
The rumored true wireless stereo earphones should get a new chipset. It is also said that the new generation of AirPods will also amplify the new lossless audio feature introduced by Apple’s music streaming platform. It is speculated that the earbuds will have much better battery life compared to previous generations.