Apple patent contains clues about the 2020 AirPods redesign

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We’re starting to learn more about what the rumored 2020 AirPods redesign might look like.

A recent Apple patent filing shows how the company may make changes to the AirPods in years to come. Spotted by 9to5Mac, the filing contains specs for biometric sensors, noise-canceling, and even the introduction of expandable foam to better fit every ear.

As with all exciting patent filings, it comes with ~drawings~.

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Expandable foam could help redesigned AirPods fit snugly in any ear.

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The abstract of the patent focuses on the ability of a biometric sensor that sits close to the skin to adjust its output based on its location. That is, AirPods could be worn “interchangeably,” and determine what to play, when to stop, and other features, based on its proximity to its human. That could even include noise cancelation. From the patent: …

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