Possible expansion of the company’s health technology offerings
Apple is reportedly exploring new health-focused features for its AirPods, according to wall street journal. Features could include using the earbuds to take the wearer’s temperature, monitor their posture, and improve their hearing. NS WSJ Notes that it’s not clear whether the latter function is significantly different from the AirPods’ existing “Conversation Boost” feature.
According to WSJThese works “are not expected until next year and may never be rolled out to consumers or timing may change.” In other words, it looks like the iPhone maker is exploring these new health features, rather than actively working on integrating them with products over the next year or two.
Apple will benefit from adding these sensors. The company has increasingly marketed its products on the strength of its health and fitness applications, although so far, most of its focus has been on the Apple Watch. Reports last month suggested that the company is looking at adding various sensors to the wearable, including monitoring blood pressure, temperature, sleep quality, blood oxygen and blood sugar.
Integrating healthcare facilities into commercial products is a difficult task, however, mostly due to the difficulty of meeting the high bar of medical regulatory standards. This inevitably leads to delays. He was informed of In June, for example, that the next Apple Watch would add temperature monitoring, but that function never appeared in September’s Apple Watch 7.
Unfortunately WSJThe report doesn’t include much details about Apple’s plans for AirPods. However, it is common to take the temperature by one’s ear, and there are multiple posture tools In the market that use digital sensors to alert the wearers when bending over. Apple has already shown that it’s interested in using AirPods as some sort of hearing aid, although the earbuds aren’t actually approved for this purpose by the FDA.