Apple’s AirPods, as you’ll know, have been a supremely successful accessory. Now, rumors suggest that the latest model, Apple AirPods Pro, is due for an upgrade in the coming months which will add significant new capabilities, on top of playing music with excellent noise-canceling, for instance.
The latest report comes from Digitimes, which says that companies building AirPods will include assemblers in Vietnam. It also goes on to say that the third-generation of regular AirPods will arrive in the first half of next year, with AirPods Pro will be updated to their second generation in the second half.
It’s thought that the next AirPods Pro could be stuffed with extra sensors to make them much more appealing as a health and fitness device. Patents, as spotted by Patently Apple, have previously been awarded to Apple over the last few years, so it could mean that a 2021 release of AirPods Pro times well for including the new sensors.
These could include a heart-rate sensor, VO2 sensor, galvanic skin response sensor, ECG sensor, temperature sensor and more.
All of these could be hugely beneficial, whether for athletes or more general use. For instance, the temperature sensor could be very useful right now, in tipping off the wearer that they have a fever or look likely to have one soon.
The latest rumor suggests that AirPods Pro 2 will at least incorporate a heart-rate monitor, which could help anyone working out to have a clearer idea of how their body is performing during a workout, for example.
There have been other rumors recently, such as ambient light sensors to detect blood flow, so this could be how the heart-rate would be measured.
And other recently granted patents include one for pose detection, handy for yoga, for example, to help you perfect your every move.
All of which indicates that the next AirPods Pro could have a strong fitness and health focus, and that we shouldn’t expect them for quite a few months yet. The timetable fits with predictions from other analysts such as the reliably accurate Ming-Chi Kuo, whose most optimistic assessment has been that mass production will be in the last quarter of this year or the first three months of 2021, with release in early 2021 or later in the year.
Before that, if rumors prove true, the third-gen AirPods may arrive in the first half of 2021, with a revised design that could look more like current AirPods Pro.
At a time when many manufacturers, notably Samsung, are updating their true-wireless headphone products much more frequently, Apple seems to be playing a more slowly paced game. Then again, with sales of AirPods and AirPods Pro both continuing to do very well, why should Apple be in a hurry?
— to www.forbes.com