Upcoming AirPods Rumored To Include Ambient Light Sensor For Health Monitoring

A new report from DigiTimes claims that Apple is anticipated to include the ambient light sensor in the AirPods in the next few years. Taiwan-based ASE Technology may assemble this ambient light sensor for the new AirPods.

Apple is expected to incorporate ambient light sensors (ALS) in next-generation ‌AirPods‌ devices in the coming 1-2 years, and Taiwan's ASE Technology may handle the backend process for the new component, as it has moved to purchase more packaging machines, according to industry sources.
The DigiTimes report does not indicate what features the ambient light sensor will provide, but it would replace the optical sensors AirPods currently use to detect position.

The ambient light sensor may be correlated to health monitoring features we have reported before, such as the capability to monitor heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, step counts, and other health conditions.
ASE has combined SiP with embedded AI design for TWS gears, allowing the devices to monitor heart rates, step counts and health conditions and even to conduct intelligent translation and detect head motions, the sources added.
DigiTimes earlier stated that the relevant factories have begun to produce AirPods Studio. Apple's high-end over-the-ear headphones. AirPods Studio and AirPods X are expected to be unveiled at WWDC.

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