Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has reported that some of Apple’s AirPods may offer a new ‘hearing health’ feature with support of iOS 17. Additionally, he says that all of Apple’s upcoming headphones will be equipped with USB-C.
“Apple is preparing to give the earbuds a fresh boost. It’s exploring major new hearing health and body-temperature features, and is planning cheaper models and a transition to USB-C charging ports,” states Gurman in a latest Bloomberg newsletter.
The AirPods’ current hearing feature is ‘audiograms’ or audio profiles that enable the technology to tune itself to the wearer’s hearing abilities after identifying where their hearing may be inadequate. As and advancement of these hearing detection abilities, the device will reportedly be able to detect the wearer’s temperature via their ear canal. The feature may only be limited to the AirPods Pro, though. A similar temperature-taking feature was also previously launched in the Apple Watch Series 8, for menstrual cycle tracking.
While the new AirPods Pro hearing update will likely be a reality, it may not happen any time soon. However, the USB-C version of the AirPods Pro is expected to arrive later this year, more precisely in the second or third quarter. Lastly, Apple is also reported to be developing the new AirPods Max models, which may be available as soon as next year.