Back in 2016, Apple launched AirPods and since then, the TWS earbuds have become one of the most popular audio accessories in the global market. The current generation of AirPods and its Pro version, AirPods Pro comes with various advanced features but there are still a few limitations in them.
A recent patent suggests that Apple is working on adding gesture control in the upcoming Airpod devices. The patent further conveys that the company is also working on a new volume control system for its upcoming wireless earphones.
The patent dubbed as “Wearable Interactive Audio Device” hints that the Cupertino tech giant is developing new ways to interact with wireless headphones. The patent refers to any traditional earbuds but the block diagrams present in the patent application show a generic version of the AirPods. This increases the speculation of the device being nothing but an Airpod device. As of now, it can’t be confirmed whether it represents Airpod or Airpod Pro.
The patent states “Many traditional earbuds suffer from significant drawbacks that may limit the ability to control sounds, or other outputs, at the earbud,”
The patent also states “Further, earbuds and/or other connected devices may be unresponsive to voice commands, thereby limiting the adaptability of the earbud to control multiple types of functions.”
So, it seems that to solve these major issues of unresponsiveness to voice commands and limited ability to control sound, Apple is considering to integrate more touch sensors into its wireless earbuds. This will simply expand its touch areas.
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Some sources previously suggested that the iPhone makers are working on new gesture control which will enable users to wave their hands near the earbuds to control volume or any other functionality. It seems that these speculations got confirmation with this patent.
The patent explains “As one example, an incorporated sensor may detect a touch or proximity of a user or object to the wearable audio device. As the user moves toward (and optionally presses on) the enclosure, the capacitance changes. This change (or absolute value of the capacitance) may be used to determine the position of a user’s finger relative to the enclosure.”
This means if Apple successfully develops these new technologies for wireless earbuds in time then the company might test some of these features over the next generation AirPod or AirPods Pro models which will reportedly release in the next year, 2021.
However, some experts are considering that we might not see any of these features anytime soon because generally, Apple does not integrate new features until and unless they are absolutely perfect and bug-free. However, if the company is working on it, then we will eventually get those features in some generation of the Airpods.