Apple is set to break new ground with their next-gen AirPods Pro, featuring a suite of health innovations that are set to change the game in audio product technology. This leap into health monitoring aligns with Apple's vision to merge cutting-edge technology with wellness for a healthier future.
One of the groundbreaking features of the forthcoming AirPods is their ability to conduct a hearing test. While the existing AirPods already support audiogram profiles to adjust for hearing loss, the new generation will take it up a notch. At present, you can create these profiles through third-party apps, but Apple plans to internalize this feature, marking another instance of the company incorporating a third-party developed feature.
In another exciting development, Apple is considering positioning and marketing the AirPods Pro as a hearing aid, following the FDA's recent ease of restrictions on over-the-counter options. This initiative is backed by Apple's new team members, engineers with extensive experience in the hearing aid industry.
Additionally, the tech giant plans to equip the AirPods Pro with a built-in body temperature sensor, mirroring a feature introduced with the Watch Series 8 and Watch Ultra. Despite being a replicated feature, a sensor in the ear canal can provide a more accurate temperature reading than the wrist. However, these innovative features might take several months or even years to materialize.
In the near future, Apple plans to refresh the AirPods Pro with a USB-C charging case, a shift away from the traditional Lightning connector, aligning with the EU's new common charging standard. But don't anticipate an immediate launch of the all-new AirPods Pro, especially considering the recent refresh of the earbuds.
While awaiting these advancements, AirPods users can look forward to new software features arriving with iOS 17. These include a convenient button press to mute calls and enhanced device switching. In a competitive move, Apple may permanently lower the price of its second-generation AirPods to $99 from $129, making it a tougher contender against low-cost alternatives from Samsung, Sony, and Amazon. Buckle up for an exciting journey with Apple as it pioneers a health-centric revolution with its next-gen AirPods Pro.