Over the weekend, tech website 9To5Mac dropped a bombshell. Using an older iOS14 code, the site obtained some juicy bits of info on the latest Apple iOS14 update. According to the iOS14 leak, Apple is planning a bug-fixing improvement to the Apple Watch ECG feature, while also introducing an update that can measure the blood-oxygen level of the wearer. It’s huge news for the medical industry; if those levels fall below 80% it could signal heart and brain impairment, making the new Apple Watch a potentially life-saving piece of equipment. A new notification will be added to the watch in tandem with this feature’s launch that alerts the wearer whenever their blood-oxygen saturation is too low.
9To5Mac’s iOS14 leak also reported that watchOS 7 will include the ability for users to share watch faces with each other, plus the ability to personalise watch faces using photos from shared albums via the Photos app. Further, parents will soon be able to set up and control an Apple Watch for their child using a single iPhone, giving them the ability to manage the contacts and available music accessible via the child’s watch. Speaking of music, another leaked design could be an Apple-first.
Since they were first released back in December 2016, the Apple AirPods have been a resounding success, but the pocket-sized in-ear technology may soon be upstaged. 9To5Mac also obtained a leaked image of two icons, appearing to show an Apple-first over-ear design. It would be a big move for the global tech giant, but hardly a surprising one. Two years ago, supply chain analyst Ming-Cho Kuo told investors that Apple was looking to move into the high-end, over-ear headphone market, utilising the technology developed for the AirPods.
The images, while sparse in detail, gives Apple fans the clearest picture so far. According to reports, the glyphs are used in iOS 14 to represent the unreleased headphones throughout the operating system, including Apple’s battery and charging status widget. The dark and light versions would indicate Apple is planning to release the over-ear headphones in both colours, however, much like the hype surrounding the iOS14 release, little has been confirmed.
From a basic perspective, you can assume a few key characteristics will be features. The image suggests there will be padding below the headband, and that the ear pads will be slightly smaller than the outer design of the headphones themselves. Aside from that, there’s not much else to say, other than we predict the headphones will borrow features from AirPods, like the same seamless pairing process and an auto-pause functionality.
9to5Mac said its iOS14 code is from December of last year, which suggests Apple was preparing for its premium, over-ear headphones recently. However, we won’t know for certain what exactly the new Apple over-ear headphones will look like until release day, which is expected for our Aussie Spring.