Apple patents interchangeable AirPods design with biometric sensors

Apple’s AirPods may be best-in-class wireless earbuds, but they’re not for everyone. Due to the shape of some people’s inner ear, the headphones simply don’t fit every possible ear shape well, or in some cases, cause pain when placed firmly inside the ear. That’s a major drawback for a $160 pair of headphones, especially ones that could be easily lost and are definitely not cheap to replace.

But a new patent, filed originally last year and awarded to Apple today, highlights a possible solution: interchangeable, “universal” AirPods that could use built-in biometric sensors to perform health tracking and also to determine in which ear a specific bud is being placed.

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