Apple is all set to venture into the health related sector. If rumours are to be believed, an anonymous gossip app known as Secret revealed that Apple’s earpods will be redesigned to monitor heart rate and blood pressure. Meaning, it’s not just the upcoming devices like iWatch and applications like Healthbook, but Apple also plans to revamp its earphones with heath tracking capabilities.
Apple’s EarPods are also expected to comprise a tiny tracking device to ensure that users don’t lose or misplace the earpods. It features the iBeacon technology that helps in locating the earbuds using the iOS device. The incoming EarPods are said to take advantage of the lightning cable port, and that seems to be the reason the audio was removed from the bottom.
EarPods and iOS 8 will be working in tandem to offer users with the necessary data and information that will help keep users healthy without the suggestion of illness. The keynote will be devising acute interfaces for this information. While exercising, the user would want to see vital signs like heart rate at a transitory view without needing to search for it. Apple's way out could be a mere displaying of one's pulse or oxygen levels as iOS notifications or may be Siri could read off the data.
Besides that, the functionality of using headphones is that they tend to take a lot of beating, stuffing them in pockets, yanking them with force multiple times a day. The wires are still highly assailable to movement and intertwine very easily and the volume and play controls don't operate anymore. Apple will need to invest as much thought into those basics as fancy new features to make EarPods usable as wearable health devices.
If Apple is making a big push for health monitoring, it will need to provide a fashionable, pleasant and most of all a lasting device that plays music, carries phone calls smoothly and as a side gain, capture data from bodies. If the tech giant can pull off these fundamentals, which in the current-generation EarPods are incomplete features, buyers of Apple's next version should be very satisfied customers.
It also fits Apple’s way of bettering devices until they are completely transformed. Apple has shown that the humble earpods are just not devices to listen to music but can be ultimate wearable also. While the smart watch race may be on for many companies, can Apple beat them all to our ears?