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AirPods Pro 2 may not feature the anticipated heart rate sensor

AirPods Pro 2 may not feature the anticipated heart rate sensor

Heart rate sensor on true wireless earbuds isn't exactly new and the feature is available on select products like Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds and AmazFit PowerBuds.

Story highlights
  • Apple has been banking on fitness features a lot recently.
  • Apple Watch Series 8 will reportedly get a body sensor to monitor body temperature.
  • Apple is yet to confirm AirPods Pro 2nd-gen launch.

Apple recently refreshed its AirPods model with a third-gen AirPod, but we are yet to see a new Pro model. Past leaks suggested a launch last year and even this year, but there's no clarity from the company. Ahead of the official confirmation, notable Apple Analyst and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman suggests that the new AirPod Pro (2nd-gen) will launch this year, though it may skip an anticipated health feature.

His latest report claims that the AirPod Pro (2nd-gen) will not get a heart-rate sensor or body temperature. This information contradicts his old report from June 2021 that claimed the possibility of a heart rate sensor. He had later backtracked on his prediction in January this year but again highlighted the possibility in April.

The heart rate sensor on true wireless earbuds isn't exactly new and the feature is available on select products like Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds and AmazFit PowerBuds. The idea behind the option is that users can listen to music and later monitor their heart rate with the supported app.

Apple has been banking on fitness features a lot recently, amid the global COVID pandemic. With the heart rate sensor on AirPods Pro (2nd-gen), it would've aimed to gain an edge over rivals. However, it will be interesting to see how Apple will promote the new-gen model as the old AirPods Pro already offers great performance.

Meanwhile, Gurman claims that this year's Apple Watch Series 8 will get a body sensor to monitor body temperature. It would let users get warnings if they have a fever. His report adds that Apple Watch Series 8 will get an S8 chipset, which is said to be on par with the S7 chipset on Watch Series 7. It essentially means that the S8 will be almost on par with S6 on Watch 6.