Apple introduced the 2018 iPhones in September this year, and while everyone was expecting the company to launch the second-gen AirPods as well, the same did not happen. Last week, Apple also unveiled the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro (2018) models along with new Mac mini, but yet again, the new AirPods didn’t show up. And while there is no word on when Apple plans to introduce the new AirPods 2, a recently filed patent reveals key details about the upcoming truly-wireless headphones.
Spotted by Patently Apple, the Cupertino giant filed a trademark from Europe and Hong Kong on November 2. The patent reveals that the next-gen truly wireless earbuds will include health focused features and hardware. The trademark for current AirPods cover something called International Class 09, referring to sound recording, audio components, earphones and headphones. Now, the latest patent filing reveals three new classes – 10, 14 and 28.
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Here, Class 10 covers wellness instruments such as health, fitness, exercise sensors to measure, track, store and report, biometric data, body movement, heart rate and calories burned. The Class 14 covers horological and chronometric instruments which would mean greater compatibility between Apple Watch and Apple AirPods. Lastly, Class 28 covers games and playthings, as mentioned by Patently Apple.
The above patents offer a big clue – the AirPods 2 would most probably include a heart rate sensor, which will continuously monitor your heart rate. It will come in handy when you go on a walk or a run or exercise while wearing the AirPods 2.
Apple won’t be the first manufacturer to add a heart rate sensor, Samsung has done this before with the Gear IconX. But the major problem was with battery life, where the headphones could only offer music playback for a maximum of 1 hour and 30 minutes. We hope Apple may have figured out a way to offer a better battery life, even with heart rate sensor turned on. And from what has been leaked before, the next-gen truly wireless headphones will also come with support for active noise cancellation, allowing you to filter out the ambient noise and listen to your favorite music.