Apple will introduce live listening support on AirPods, including iOS 12, for those who have it
Apple is developing a feature that will help people with limited hearing to hear conversations clearly in hostile environments. It is expected to be announced with the next line-up launch of the iPhone in September.
To date, Apple has relied on a number of third-party manufacturers to make ‘Made for iPhone’ audibles that help hearing-impaired people benefit from the Live Listen feature. Live listening helps people with hearing impairments to hear clearly in hostile environments. But with the launch of iOS 12, users will be able to enjoy the feature in AirPods.
According to a report, Apple is expected to announce this hardware-centric feature at its iPhone launch event in September this year.
This means that with this support, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch users do not have to purchase products made exclusively for the iPhone to take advantage of the live lessons.
Apple introduced the Live Listen feature for people with limited hearing in 2014. When enabled, the feature turns the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a remote microphone that sends sound to the Made for iPhone hearing aid. Live listening can help a user to listen to a conversation in a noisy room or to hear someone talking across the room.
Apple is reportedly working on a new version of its AirPods wireless earphones that could come with a new chip that allows users to access Siri via the ‘Hey Siri’ voice command without the need to tap. Next-gen airpods may come with improved water resistance, which means they will be able to survive water splash or rain, but probably will not be designed to sink underwater.