Tech giant Apple has patented a technology that allows the volume to be adjusted automatically according to the different eartips or sponges used in AirPods.
Apple aims to enhance the headset’s user experiences, according to a new patent filing. The company wants AirPods Pro and AirPods Max devices to be able to identify different eartips or over-ear earplobs and adjust the sound accordingly.
Variable sound levels for different eartips and sponges
Apple’s patent for AirPods says: “For example, an equalizer setting can be selected or changed based on identity data. Hearing protection settings can be changed, including, for example, limiting the speaker volume of the headset, changing an active noise cancellation profile for the headset, and so on,” the statement said.
The patent refers to a label system for different eartips and ear sponges. A special label sensor on the device can read these tags and change the headset’s audio settings. In this way, users will be able to protect themselves from the sudden change in volume.
Apple is looking for different ways to make these labels passive, that is, not require power. A possible solution is to use NFC tags or some kind of miniature RFID tags.