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Apple’s popular AirPods may soon become a more prominent hearing health tool, according to tech journalist Mark Gurman in his “Power On” newsletter. Gurman believes that Apple will upgrade the AirPods to incorporate hearing data in the next year or two, aligning with the company’s focus on health and wellness.
Although Apple has already introduced a number of hearing-focused features to the AirPods, such as Live Listen and Conversation Boost, these features are not FDA-approved or designed to replace hearing aids. Gurman predicts that Apple will introduce more official hearing-focused features to the AirPods in the near future.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously stated that the company plans to add biometric health monitoring capabilities to future AirPods models. Apple has also filed patents for an earbud-based fitness monitoring system that integrates an advanced biometric sensor capable of detecting physiological metrics, including heart rate, temperature, and perspiration levels. Kevin Lynch, Apple’s Vice President of Technology, has also hinted that AirPods may be a source of additional health data in the future.
Interestingly, these new hearing health features may not require the release of new AirPods since the current models already contain speakers and microphones that support these features. Instead, they could be added to existing devices via a firmware update.
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With more and more people using headphones and earbuds for extended periods of time, incorporating hearing health features into devices like AirPods could have a significant impact on public health. It remains to be seen how Apple will integrate these new features into its products, but one thing is clear: AirPods are set to become an even more essential part of Apple’s health and wellness ecosystem.