“Power On,” Bloomberg writer Mark Gurman’s weekly tech newsletter, is disseminated every Sunday and today was no exception. One of the interesting topics that Gurman mentioned in the latest version of “Power On” is how Apple plans on turning the AirPods, its wireless Bluetooth earbuds, into a “health tool” over the next year or two. In fact, as Gurman points out, the AirPods’ Live Listen feature that amplifies sound from across a room, allows the wearable to be used as an unofficial pair of hearing aids.
Illustration from 2016 filing as Apple sought to patent biometric sensors for its earbuds
With the Apple Watch already well known for using its health-related features to save lives, it’s possible that Apple sees the possibility of marketing the two wearable devices as one health-related tool and offers some kind of bundle.