Apple Files Patent That Points Towards Wellness Features For New AirPods
AirPods are wireless Bluetooth earbuds that were released by Apple in December 2016. AirPods feature Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, built into them. The user can tap on the earphones to activate Siri. AirPods also have optical sensors and motion accelerometers that automatically control the audio and engage the microphone. The earbuds are compatible with iOS devices and currently available for $159 at Apple’s online store.
The New AirPods
The second generation AirPods were expected to launch at the 2018 Apple event, which unfortunately, didn’t happen. However, according to a new patent by Apple, details about the upcoming wireless earphones have surfaced. These patents include topics such as “wellness sensors” among other topics. Apple also received a mandatory Bluetooth SIG certificate for the AirPods.
Apple’s new trademark filings cover class 10, 14 and 28. Class 10 refers to wellness instruments and sensors. These include biometric data, heart rate sensors and movement counters. However, Apple won’t be the first company to add a heart rate sensor, Samsung had done this with the Gear IconX. The class 14 refers to horological and chronometric instruments, which could mean better fitness tracking. Lastly, class 28 refers to games and playthings. These trademark filings could expand the scope of AirPods. The AirPods are also Bluetooth 5.0 certified, although, it does not offer much benefit in terms of audio, it does extend the range and connectivity.
All of these patent filings point towards the utility of the new AirPods. The new wireless earbuds would not only be used to listen to music, but could also be used as a wellness device. Rumours also state that new AirPods would also come with support for active noise cancellation, filtering out ambient noises for more focus on music and calls.