Apple has been granted a patent (number 11,457,300) with the goal of making its AirPods Max headphone even more comfortable.
About the patent
When it comes to headphones, Apple says that consumers have become accustomed to regular, essentially yearly improvements in size, functionality and other design aspects of various electronic devices that consumers use in their day-to-day lives including devices such as smart phones, tablet and laptop computers, as well as listening devices such as earbuds and headphones.
Accordingly, while numerous headphone designs exist in the market, new and improved designs are continuously being sought to satisfy consumer demands and preferences. Apple’s goal is to improve the overall user experience with the AirPods Max by incorporating an array of sensors and new mechanical features into the headphones.
Summary of the patent
Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent: “This disclosure includes several different features suitable for use in circumaural and supra-aural headphones designs. Designs that enhance user comfort and improve user control of the headphones are discussed. Various sensor configurations and electronic component positions are also discussed. User convenience features that include detachable cushions and automatically detecting the donning and doffing of headphones are also discussed.”