According to a new patent, Apple is thinking of touch controls for the second generation of the AirPods Max.

Released on December 15, 2020, the AirPods Max comes with an Apple Watch-style Digital Crown for controls. Now, a new patent granted to Apple indicates that this may change with the second generation of its premium over-ear headphones.

According to PatentlyApple, the Cupertino-based company has just filed another patent application from the United States Patent and Trademark Office on gesture processing on a touch-sensitive surface . The publication states that this is not the first time Apple has obtained a patent regarding touch controls on the AirPods Max, as it had already filed three documents regarding this technology in the past.

Touch controls on the AirPods Max 2 could make it easier to skip songs, call up Siri, turn the volume up or down, and more. The digital crown is still a pretty clever and unique feature for Apple’s premium headphones, but it seems the company isn’t fully satisfied with it.

In late 2020, when the company unveiled the first-generation AirPods Max, the design team behind the product granted an interview to the Japanese design website Casa BRUTUS.

In that interview, the team reveals that they have tested touch controls on the AirPods Max, but ultimately opted for the Digital Crown instead.

At the moment we don’t know when the company might release a new version of the AirPods Max.

What do you think of this possible novelty?

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