The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published an Apple patent application that details that the company could be working on a new pair of headphones that might feature HomePod’s beamforming technology. Beamforming technology is used in Apple’s HomePod to determine the shape of the room the smart speaker is in. It essentially measures how far the speaker is from walls by firing sound and measuring how much time it takes for the soundwave to come back to the speaker.
Apple wants to bring the same beamforming technology to the upcoming pair of headphones. The patent states that the headphones might be reversible in nature, meaning they would be able to detect where the user’s voice is coming from and then adjusts the sound quality automatically.
The patent application further states that the headphones would feature five microphones built into each earcup, a total of 10 built-in microphones. This means that the headphones would be better equipped to cancel outside voice, even in the most challenging environment. It’s unclear whether Apple actually plans to launch a pair of headphones with the beamforming technology, and manufacturers often file patent applications, although they don’t necessarily go into development.
Speculation is rife that Apple is working on a pair of high-end, over-ear headphones, dubbed StudioPods. The company had planned to release the new over-ear headphones towards the end of this year, but has faced “development challenges”, according to Bloomberg sources. In addition, Apple is also working on the second-generation AirPods, featuring a water-resistant design and noise-cancellation capabilities.