Apple could make AirPods ‘smarter’ by putting cameras in them

AirPods Pro may get a hearing aid-style function when iOS arrives this year.

In his latest “Power On” newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says Apple could take its AirPods and make them “smarter’ buy putting cameras in them.

“The company is exploring the idea of putting cameras on the earbuds, along with more advanced AI and health sensors. That would give consumers many of the benefits of smart glasses without needing lenses and frames,” he says. “That investigation, codenamed B798, started last year. It involves company engineers figuring out how to fit low-resolution camera sensors into earbuds about the size of today’s AirPods. Such cameras could theoretically be used to capture data that would be processed via AI and assist people in their daily routines.”

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Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.