Naina KhedekarMay 03, 2014 01:30:51 IST
Apple is all set to turn its users into complete health freaks. An anonymous post on Secret reveals that Apple’s earpods will come embedded with heart rate and blood pressure sensors. This means, it’s not just the upcoming iWatch or Healthbook app, but Apple also plans to redesign its earphones with heath tracking capabilities.
To ensure that users don't lose or misplace the earpods, Apple plans to include the iBeacon technology that would help locating the earbuds using the iOS device. It will also require the Lightening port, and said to be the reason why the audio jack was moved from the bottom.
The comment reads, "Apple's new Earpods will have sensors in them for heart rate & blood pressure. Also iBeacons so they don't get lost. The will require the lightning port, its why the audio jack was removed from the bottom."
Previously, we’ve seen several leaked patents hinting at the possibility of Apple working on heath-tracking features for its earphones. Dave Smith of ReadWrite believes, "Earpods and iOS 8 could help keep users healthy, without the suggestion of illness. The key will be designing subtle interfaces for this information. If you’re exercising, you'll want to see vital signs like heart rate at a glance without needing to dig for it. Apple's solution could be as simple as displaying one's pulse or oxygen levels as iOS notifications—or perhaps Siri could read off the data.”
On the other hand, he also points out that earphones usually get a lot of beating as people tend to stuff them in pockets, yank them with force, and so on. “Apple will have to put as much thought into those basics as fancy new features to make EarPods usable as wearable health devices, Smith added.
Though Apple has been tight lipped about the alleged iWatch or the possibility of a health app, a lot has been already said and written about the products. Apple is expected to pull the wraps off iOS 8 and Heathbook app at WWDC. Apple may announce these new sensors and other heath-tracking goodies it has planned for the upcoming iPhone and wearable device at the event. This probably explains why the Semiconductor arm of Samsung decided to quickly host a 'heath-related' event on May 28, just before the WWDC.
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