A Closer Look at Apple's New EarPods
Today’s announcement of the iPhone 5
also brought along some new accessories, such as that of the new 'EarPods,' which are the next-generation ear buds for Apple’s iOS device lineup. The new ear buds have a different look to them and are supposedly more pleasant to listen to music with, being both more comfortable and offering better sound quality than the original ear buds that we have had forced down our throats since the dawn of time.
The EarPods are essentially made around the shape of the human ear. Looking at the design, you can tell immediately how it gets seated in the ear and the area where the sound emits from is actually held directly into the ear canal, but without any pressure. This gives these ear buds a kind of hybrid between the in-ear ear buds and old-style ear buds that Apple has sold in the past and should offer more comfort.
Apple touts deeper bass tones, better liquid protection, and even answering and declining calls as highlights of these new EarPods. Apple also points out that they have minimized sound loss and maximized sound output. They also include the inline microphone and remote control unit that lets you control your music and increase or decrease the volume of the device without even touching the device itself, which has been offered with older ear bud units as well.
Perhaps the most interesting part about the new generation EarPods is the new traveling case that Apple provides with them. Anyone who has used Apple’s ear buds in the past knows how tangle-prone the cords to the ear buds are. It makes it a real pain to get them out of your pocket and ready for listening to music. Fortunately, it appears that this traveling case will help resolve this issue by neatly tucking your ear buds away in an organized manner.
The traveling case has two cavities for each of the ear buds, as well as a third cavity for the inline remote controls. You can also see clearly from the image above from Apple's Keynote today (via The Verge) that the cord is neatly wrapped inside without any tangles.
Apple’s new EarPods are for sale on Apple’s Web site
right now for $29.99 and they will work with any generation iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac, or other device that supports a 3.5-mm headphone accessory. They will be coming for free with every iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5G unit.