APPLE’s next wireless earbuds may come with high-tech features that make it easier for friends and family to listen.
Based on AppleInsider, a new patent filed by the Cupertino tech giant details a potential new feature to help wireless headphones distinguish between loved ones and strangers.
It will be available alongside the gadget’s Active Noise Canceling (ANC) mode, which uses microphones and speakers to modulate sounds in your surroundings.
The current AirPods Pro allow users to switch between ANC and Transparency Mode, using those same microphones to amplify background noise.
The plans to supplement the third regime was filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office last week.
Apple says the “Mute for Noise Canceling Devices” mode will let users set a contact’s keyword or voice to trigger ANC to skip.
It will allow your partner or anyone to speak a special code word to bypass the noise cancellation setting if they need your attention.
“The noise cancellation feature of audio devices prevents the user from hearing unwanted external noise,” Apple writes in its patent.
“However, they can also prevent the wearer from hearing external sounds that the wearer may want to hear.
“For example, a user might want to be interrupted by one or more pre-assigned contacts defined on a linked electronic device as interrupt authorized contacts, or by a speaker a keyword specified for the user.”
Ultimately, the idea is that your AirPods will turn off ANC to let you listen to someone you’ve decided is allowed to interrupt you.
The patent also details how AirPods and companion iPhones could work together to process people’s voices.
It avoids false positives – such as a contact calling another person in the same house – by taking into account “volume information or time difference information to where the headset collects”.
It is possible that this technology will be included in the next version of AirPods Pro, which is expected to be released later this year.
However, a patent does not guarantee that a technology will be developed, so don’t get too excited.
The first AirPods hit shelves in 2016 and were widely mocked for their unusual design, which featured bodies that protrude from the ears.
They were introduced with the iPhone 7 to avoid the decision to remove the headphone jack from those models – a move that did not go well with fans.
Since then, AirPods have grown tremendously, earning more money today than Spotify, Twitter, and Snap, respectively.
So far, Apple has released four versions and is said to be working on a new version of the high-end AirPods Pro for release in 2022.
They are said to be in the midst of a design overhaul, with Apple said to be getting rid of the iconic trunks to look like the buds offered by rivals Samsung and Sony.
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