Apple has recently become the proud owner of three new patents, filed in order to drastically enhance the look, feel, and functionality of its wireless AirPods. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded Apple these three new patents that add fitness and biometric features to Earbuds quite like the recently released AirPods.
According to PatentlyApple, this new series of patents is called “Earbuds with Biometric Sensing.” These Earbuds are enabled to collect a person's biometric information by pressing up against a part of the ear called the tragus, which will facilitate the collection of biometric measurements. Apple uses this technique in their Apple Watch as well. Nevertheless, Apple is not one to compromise with their quality of products hence their Earbuds also come with noise cancellation features.
USPTO affirms that the patents which state that the technology would allow only a small frame of registered audio to pass and ban all other external audio from reaching our ears.
When the Airpods were newly launched, it had met with both compliments and criticism regarding the design, battery life and how it connected to iOS devices. Looks like with this new improvement Apple is trying to make amends by adding features like biometrics and noise-canceling. Not only will such upgrade satisfy the consumers but also make the competition against other wireless devices, much harder.
Like Apple, Samsung’s Gear IconX and Bragi’s Dash are currently two most popular cord-free earphones. The Airpods will surely give them a run for their money however, it is still not clear whether Apple will include either of these features in the next generation AirPods or will they reserve them for the Apple Watch and iPhone.
If Apple does in fact, uses these features and improvements for their next generation of Airpods, they might own the cord-free earphone market for many years to come. But Apple has a tendency of patenting all of their technologies, irrespective of taking it to the production phase. Whether these improved biometric AirPods make it to manufactured devices or not, only time will tell.