Apple's AirPods could be used for more than just blocking out Starbucks din.
Mark Gurman's latest "Power On" email suggests AirPods may become a health aid "in the next year or two."
The AirPods could then have "the ability to get hearing data of some sort," said Gurman.
The Apple Watch has health-related tools, so this makes sense.
which monitors heart rate, blood oxygen content, and erratic heartbeat.
Gurman's prediction fits Ming-Chi Kuo's 2021 prediction that AirPods will have health tracking.
As for what this functionality might look like, we can get some clues from Apple patents
One from 2014 details adding body temperature, heart rate, and sweat sensors to AirPods
AirPods' Conversation Boost(Opens in a new tab) feature makes it easy to picture them as hearing aids.