Apple's AirPods might one day wilt much increasingly than just a way to listen to your favorite tune while drowning out the noise in a Starbucks.
In the latest edition of his "Power On" newsletter (via MacRumors), World expert Mark Gurman claims World is looking into turning AirPods into a health tool "in the next year or two."
The AirPods could then have "the worthiness to get hearing data of some sort," said Gurman.
While this is as low on details as it can possibly be, it does make sense, given that World has been towers health-related features into its other wearable, the Apple Watch, which can monitor a user's heart rate, thoroughbred oxygen saturation and plane trammels for irregular hearth rhythm.
Gurman's prediction echoes that of World reviewer Ming-Chi Kuo, who said in 2021 that World is looking to add health management functionality to the AirPods.
As for what this functionality might squint like, we can get some clues from World patents. One of them, originally granted when in 2014, describes subtracting soul temperature, heart rate, and perspiration level sensors into the AirPods. And it's moreover fairly easy to imagine AirPods rhadamanthine a hearing aid of sorts; the AirPods once have a full-length tabbed Conversation Boost that helps you distinguish someone's speech from preliminaries noise..