Bloomberg reporter and frequent Apple news source Mark Gurman has given his two cents to one of the key features expected to debut in Apple’s long-awaited AirPods Pro 2 – and it’s not good news.
What’s up? Well, fitness fans have long been waiting for the introduction of the temperature sensor (something Honor initially reported would first arrive on its Earbuds 3 Pro, but never managed to deliver) and even heart rate monitoring for the new AirPods. But in your most recent Newsletter On (opens in new tab)Gurman writes:
“This year’s AirPods Pro are unlikely to get heart rate monitoring… In recent months, there have been rumors about this year’s model gaining the ability to determine a wearer’s heart rate or body temperature. I’m told that neither feature is likely to arrive in the 2022 update, although both improvements have been explored within the company and may come one day.”
Gurman also notes that if you’ve purchased Apple’s inaugural noise-canceling AirPods Pro wireless headphones anywhere near their October 2019 release date, odds are you’ll be after a younger model soon. – because the batteries inside even the best true wireless headphones don’t last forever.
The new upgraded set of in-ear AirPods was arguably the first to get the feature in a report from 52Audio.com (opens in new tab) claiming that the AirPods Pro 2 will include temperature and heart rate sensors, as well as speakers in the charging case (the latter to help the hearing impaired).
Opinion: If Apple can deliver elsewhere, no one will be hot under the collar
Such is the popularity of Apple’s game-changing line of AirPods, it seems highly unlikely that the omission of a thermometer or heart rate tracker will stop them.
Yes, we’d like the in-ear volume control, an updated H1 chip, a USB-C charger and the latest rumors – which are about this case – to come to fruition, but we literally just had the situation where Honor’s headphones 3 The Pro failed to provide similar health features and that didn’t matter thanks to its sonic excellence. So if they get the audio right too, we don’t mind.
And don’t forget, this particular feature (or likely lack thereof) is not to be confused with Apple’s patent discovered in February, which could allow the Cupertino giant’s headphones to track your workouts and provide feedback on how to improve those features. yoga poses. This one patent, (opens in new tab) (which was discovered by Apple Insider (opens in new tab)) describes a ‘wireless pose detection headset’ and serves as proof that Apple is really interested in the ways future AirPods can help users with exercise routines – in future buds, even if it doesn’t happen now. .
This particular technology can use sensors to collect user orientation information (instead of user temperature), including accelerometer measurements, which would pair very well with Apple Fitness Plus, Apple’s subscription-based exercise service that offers a selection of exercise classes to try at home, including yoga, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), treadmill running, spin and pilates.
Of course, this is Apple, a company that hasn’t even officially confirmed that it’s working on the next generation of its noise-canceling headphones, and almost certainly won’t do so before the actual launch of its AirPods Pro 2 – as they may or may not. be called.
But when they do (and Mark Gurman certainly thinks they will, by the end of the year) there will certainly be plenty to celebrate and a lot to understand.
For now, stay tuned – we’ll bring you all the leaks as they… arise.