Apple’s AirPods Pro have been a big hit, with powerful features like outstanding noise cancellation and a cute, compact design. The next version will take true wireless headphones in a drastically different direction, according to a new report.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has said that the new high-end headphones will arrive next year (he also announced that the AirPods 3 will be here in the next few months with a bold new design).
But the big feature changes will be completely different for Apple, and will strengthen the focus on health and fitness.
There have already been rumors of a new design for the AirPods Pro – this is not surprising given that the next AirPods 3 will likely be very similar to the current AirPods Pro and Apple will want to make sure there is a different look to his Pro model as soon as he can introduce it.
This look will likely reduce or remove the stems from the next AirPods Pro, much like the next Beats earbuds expected in the coming weeks.
But these are the features that will set the next Pro model apart. While the noise reduction feature is unlikely to be part of this year’s base model redesign, the major change will come from the motion sensor upgrade, Gurman says.
This upgrade will be used for features that focus on health monitoring, it seems, which could drastically change the use and purpose of true wireless headphones. The results could be remarkable.
Apple won’t be the first to use headphones to monitor health: there are already headphones that use microphones and other technology to check your heart rate from your ears, which can be a boon for runners, for example. .
And that would take advantage of the health and fitness knowledge that Apple gained from the Apple Watch, for example. For those who use both Apple Watch and AirPods Pro 2, it could provide an unrivaled combination of health inputs.
This rumor ties in with recent comments from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who said that to increase headphone sales in an increasingly competitive market, Apple would need a strong ecosystem or redefine user behavior, the functions”.
Previously, it had been reported that Apple was considering putting ambient light sensors in devices like headphones, collecting information much like pulse oximeters.
Even if the modified hardware is limited to motion sensors, it’s likely that Apple wants to increase its health and fitness capabilities already ubiquitous in its products.
We won’t know until next year exactly what’s in the upcoming AirPods Pro, it seems, but it’s an intriguing prospect.