In another bid to protect the hearing of users, Apple is set to introduce a feature in the latest iOS update — iOS 14 — that will tell how loudly they are listening to the music on their AirPods.
According to a report by CultofMac, it will be an optional feature which means that only those who would want to track will be able to if they go above the maximum safe level of 80dB, which is the recommended level as per the World Health Organization (WHO).
The feature will appear in the form of an icon in the Control Center, says the report. Users will have to go to the Settings app and add the Hearing icon to the Control Center. This will lead to a small dial appearing there that will show how loud the song is at that time and users can tap on that to see a larger view of the same.
Tapping on that opens a much bigger version of the dial with a mark to warn if the user is crossing the safe limit.
As per the report, this feature will work with AirPods, AirPods Pro, and even the wired earbuds that come free with iPhones. There seems to be no confirmation if they work on non-Apple audio products or not.
This feature will be rolled out to iPhone users in the coming months with the rollout of iOS 14, which was announced by the company earlier this week at its first virtual WorldWide Developer Conference.
This is the second time that the Cupertino-based tech giant has rolled out a feature in order to safeguard its users’ hearing. Last year Apple introduced a similar feature for Apple Watch Series where it allowed the built-in microphone to detect if what the user is listening to is too loud.