Apple's EarPods could soon monitor heart rate and blood pressure

In a pretty interesting post on Secret, which lets users post messages anonymously, it seems that Apple’s future EarPods could feature biometric sensors in them, transforming them from being mere headphones into a device that can not only pipe music into your ears, but also measure things like your heart rate and blood pressure at the same time. According to the poster, “Apple’s new EarPods will have sensors in them, for heart rate and blood pressure. Also iBeacons so they don’t get lost.”

An anonymous post on the social network “Secret,” which allows people to published anonymous messages for the world to see, suggests that Apple’s next EarPods will be loaded with biometric sensors. Normally we would shrug this off as a rumor, except several legitimate stories have been published there recently. Even more, Apple actually has patents that back up the claims. On Secret, the poster says “Apple’s new EarPods will have sensors in them, for heart rate and blood pressure. Also iBeacons so they don’t get lost. They will require the lightning port, it’s why the audio jack was moved to the bottom,” the post says. That suggests that, in order for the EarPods to pass data, like your heart rate and blood pressure, off to your phone, they’ll need to be plugged into your iPhone’s Lightning port. Meanwhile the iBeacon feature, which has so far mainly been used in retail and in sports stadiums for in-door mapping, will allow you to easily pinpoint where you may have left your EarPods.

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