Future AirPods will get special light sensors, potentially for health functions

Within a few years, the AirPods will come standard with ‘Ambient Light Sensors’, a new rumor says. But what’s the use of that as a user?

Apple wants to add new AirPods sensors

A new rumor from Digitimes states that Apple wants to add the special light sensors to the AirPods within now and two years. Taiwanese ASE Technology is said to have been approached to take over production.

We still take the rumor with a grain of salt, because Digitimes was often wrong with Apple rumors in the past. Despite these mistakes, the website has been right at least as often.

Current AirPods already have sensors, which are now only used to register whether the earplugs are in your ear or not. Based on this, the audio you are listening to can be automatically paused when you take an AirPod out of your ear or put it back in your ear. Apple now seems to want to replace these current sensors with so-called Ambient Light Sensors, which can do much more besides this function.AirPods sensors

Although it is not immediately clear what Apple wants to use these sensors for, it does fit nicely with other rumors that we have heard in recent months. For example, Apple would like to give the earplugs biometric sensors to add health functions.

Many people use their AirPods while exercising, and with such sensors, the earplugs through the wearer’s ear could measure heart rate and blood oxygen levels. That would also make it a logical addition to Apple’s Powerbeats Pro, the wireless earplugs that are primarily aimed at athletes. If we look at all the rumors about Apple’s ambitions with health sensors in AirPods, it sounds like a logical step to do this.

But first: the AirPods Studio

Before this, there seems to be a completely different AirPods model on the market. Apple would put the finishing touches on the AirPods Studio: headphones that you place over your ears and which are mainly aimed at the good sound quality. Read all about the AirPods Studio in our rumors overview.

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