“Apple has one hardware-specific feature planned that wasn’t announced at Monday’s WWDC keynote,” Steven Aquino reports for TechCrunch. “In iOS 12, users will be able to use Live Listen, a special feature previously reserved for hearing aids certified through Apple’s Made for iPhone hearing aid program, with their AirPods.”

“After enabling the feature in the iPhone’s settings, users will be able to use their phones effectively as a directional mic,” Aquino reports. “This means you can have AirPods in at a noisy restaurant with your iPhone on the table, for example, and the voice of whomever is speaking will be routed to your AirPods.”

“Live Listen support in AirPods is key. The inclusion of this feature makes AirPods more capable and more alluring; it’s significant given they are almost universally hailed as one of Apple’s best products in years,” Aquino reports. “Soon, anyone — particularly someone with limited hearing — will have access to this feature without needing to buy dedicated hardware to get it.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: A huge number of people will be able to benefit from this at relatively little cost!

SEE ALSO:
Apple files for ‘Live Listen’ trademark – August 12, 2013
Apple and GN ReSound team up for ‘smartest hearing aid in the world’ – May 7, 2014
Can Apple help make hearing aids cool? – March 10, 2014
Following GN Store Nord, hearing aid maker William Demant to join Apple’s ‘Made for iPhone’ program this spring – February 27, 2014
Apple co-developed next-gen iPhone-compatible hearing aid to debut early next year – November 25, 2013
With ‘Live Listen,’ Apple iPhones could be remote mic for Bluetooth hearing aids and more – August 12, 2013

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]