We talk a lot about upcoming iPhones and iPads, but one often overlooked Apple product is its EarPods. For some these inner-ear headphones aren’t really worth using, but a new patent from Apple may pave the way for an improved set of EarPods that could convince us to give them another shot.
The patent for improving on Apple’s inner-ear headphones was filed over a year ago in March 2013, and approved by the U.S Patent Office today. It explains how including an accelerometer in the EarPods design could actually improve voice recognition. The new technology would apparently focus on cutting out background noise by tracking the wearer whenever they speak and then aiming its microphones in the right direction. It sounds like that could potentially allow for an always-on listening experience down the line — something Apple so far hasn’t done and something we would love to see added to Siri support in the future.
There’s no guarantee we’ll see this patent put to use anytime soon, though compared to some of the other ideas we’ve seen Apple successfully patent this one actually seems pretty easy to implement. The best reason to use your EarPods is already the built in microphone, so why not make it even easier to carry out a conversation while walking down a busy street?