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(Pocket-lint) – According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple is working on high-tech AirPods that bring health features into the headphones that can tell when your posture is crooked, tell you if you have a fever, and be medical certified hearing aid that is approved by government agencies.
On the subject of posture, WSJ claims that internal Apple documents show that the company is testing the use of tiny motion sensors to track whether a user is standing or sitting. If not, they will likely be notified in the Health app and may even be able to be notified in their ear when their back starts to arch.
As for an in-ear thermometer, it has long been rumored that the Cupertino-based company is adding a wrist temperature sensor in an upcoming Apple Watch revision, perhaps even on the Series 8 model next year.
Switching to an additional monitor in the ear doesn’t seem too far-fetched, especially when you consider that most of the medical thermometers sold in health food stores today use the in-ear method.
When it comes to health-focused AirPods, however, the WSJ report notes that none of these features are expected “next year”.
It is also mentioned that Apple is seeking official approval from the government agency to classify a future pair of AirPods as hearing aids that will treat mild to moderate hearing loss.
Currently, the company’s primary goal is FDA approval. However, the outdated laws surrounding hearing aid certification in the US are currently under review by the federal government in the hopes that Apple can seek approval for new regulations sometime in the next 24 months.
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Writing by Alex Allegro. Originally) released on 13 October 2021.