Future AirPods could sport light sensors for health tracking
A new generation of AirPods could sport built-in ambient light sensors (ALS), an addition that is likely to be used for health-related tracking purposes.
In a preview of a paywalled DigiTimes report, industry sources told the publication Apple would add ALS to a next-generation pair of AirPods in the "coming 1-2 years." Taiwan-based ASE Technology would handle the backend manufacturing process for the component.
According to a separate DigiTimes report on Monday, ASE Technology would be applying the same silicon packaging process to next-generation Apple earphones that it had for previous devices that can "monitor heart rates, step counts and health conditions and even to conduct intelligent translation and detect head motions."