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Future AirPods may detect gestures, and feature a rotary volume control

Added 10-29-20 07:11:02am EST - “Apple is investigating how to make AirPods respond to gestures, have more touch sensitive areas, and even feature physical buttons or scroll wheels.” - Appleinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Appleinsider.com: “Future AirPods may detect gestures, and feature a rotary volume control | AppleInsider”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Apple is investigating how to make AirPods respond to gestures, have more touch sensitive areas, and even feature physical buttons or scroll wheels.

It seems Apple staff may have got as fed up of Siri on AirPods or AirPods Pro not always listening. Newly revealed research shows that the company has been looking to address this by placing more controls on the AirPods — including both touch-sensitive areas and even a rotary wheel to control volume.

"Wearable Interactive Audio Device," is a patent application that only refers to earbuds, but every drawing is recognizable as a basic AirPod. The AirPods are shown as practically block diagrams, so if there's any design change planned for the physical form, it can't be seen here.

What can be seen, though, are multiple different types of extra controls, and multiple arrangements of them, too. "Many traditional earbuds suffer from significant drawbacks that may limit the ability to control sounds, or other outputs, at the earbud," says the patent application.

"Further, earbuds and/or other connected devices may be unresponsive to voice commands, thereby limiting the adaptability of the earbud to control multiple types of functions," it continues.

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