Or, at least, blur the lines between headphones and hearing aids.
A new report today says the Cupertino-based company is still actively working on it and has other health-related ambitions for the devices.
Apple is exploring ways to turn AirPods into a health device, including to improve hearing, body temperature reading and posture monitoring, according to documents reviewed by the Wall Street Journal and people familiar with the plans. .
However, it looks like plans for the AirPods hearing aids are still not set to launch.
It is not clear whether Apple is developing new hearing aid features specific to AirPods or whether it wants to market the existing hearing enhancement features of the headphones as hearing aids.
The features offered for the AirPods are not expected until next year and may never roll out to consumers or the timeline could change, people familiar with the company’s plans have warned.
Apple has already taken a step in this direction recently, with the launch of the Conversation Boost feature in iOS 15.
Conversation Boost focuses your AirPods Pro on the person speaking in front of you, making it easier to listen in a face-to-face conversation. The WSJ report lacks details, but it would certainly be Apple-branded. The company has made a strong commitment to accessibility and the Apple Watch is increasingly sophisticated as a device focused on health, so it would make sense that the company’s ambitions for health extend to other products.
The newspaper recently reported that Apple is hoping iPhones can help diagnose mental health issues. It would be a controversial move, although the company plans to have all processing done on the device. However, as we know from the fury of CSAM, that might not allay fears.
Summary of the news:
- AirPod hearing aid capabilities are just the beginning, report says
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