Apple may be behind equipping future AirPods with ambient light sensors, which may be able to measure heart rate and blood oxygen saturation levels, among other vital functions.
According to two independent reports obtained by DigiTimes, Apple has turned to ASE Technology to supply components that help equip future AirPods with ambient light sensors for health functions.
“Taiwan industry leader ASE Technology is poised to apply its SiP-based SESUB (Substrate Integrated Semiconductor) technology to the next generation of TWS (all-wireless) headphones to be introduced by Apple,” according to the DigiTimes report. .
The report adds that ambient light sensors will appear on AirPods in the next 1-2 years.
Ambient light sensors work by passing light through the skin and checking the movement of blood in the vessels to detect heart rate or any other data.
Including them in AirPods will require devices to be redesigned, which means that it will take at least one or two generations of products before we see AirPods with health control capabilities.