Apple to reinvent EarPods with built in biometric sensors as noted by
“Apple’s new EarPods will have sensors in them, for heart rate & blood pressure. Also iBeacons so they don’t get lost. They will require the lightning port, it’s why the audio jack was moved to the bottom. […]
It stores the data in a similar way to thumbprint point data, fully encrypted and nothing identifiable. But nice to send to your doctor to keep track of at which point your blood pressure started rising for example. […]
Redesigned remote too. Extra mic for better noise canceling.”
Biometrics have been rumored to be a significant part of iOS 8, with a new “Healthbook” app for tracking various types of health-related information being a key addition to Apple’s mobile operating system. With Apple also rumored to be deploying biometric sensors in an upcoming iWatch, it’s clear that the company has been looking at ways of collecting health-related data for many years and the effort may finally be coming together.