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Video claims to show revamped Apple in-ear headphones bound for next-gen iPhone

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A video out of Asia shows what is allegedly a totally redesigned pair of Apple in-ear headphones, with the new unit reportedly slated for bundling with the company's much-rumored next-generation iPhone when the handset launches this fall.

Vietnamese website Tinhte.vn (via MacRumors) posted the video and accompanying high-quality images of the purported device on Saturday, noting the Apple-branded product will likely be introduced either alongside the sixth-generation iPhone.

The site believes the in-ear headphones came from a Vietnamese Foxconn plant as cable labeling reads "Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in Vietnam." While the validity of the claims can't be verified, Tinhte says the build quality of the part has them convinced it is a legitimate Apple product.

Made in Vietnam
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As for the design, the in-ear unit is somewhat a departure from current earphone models from Apple, featuring a truncated teardrop shape that is supposedly more comfortable than the gratis set supplied with the iPhone. It appears the alleged headphones are essentially a combination of Apple's current lineup and use dynamic, or moving coil, technology in a seamless chassis that partially enters the ear canal.



What looks to be two ports can be seen behind the headphone's protective mesh grate, hinting at a dual-driver, balanced armature system akin to the one seen in Apple's higher-end after-market in-ear unit. The use of such tech is unlikely, however, as the slits seen on the back of the earpiece and bottom of the stem are not in line with such a setup, which usually calls for a sealed chassis to perform optimally.

Ports


Also of note is the apparent lack of an inline microphone and volume controls, two features necessary for use with an iPhone, however the tell-tale TRRS connector (3.5mm headphone jack with four contacts instead of a stereo headset's three) needed for mic functionality can briefly be seen near the end of the video. It is possible that the mics are embedded within the headphone itself, though it is impossible to make any definitive judgment from images and video alone.

In-ear Headphones


Apple is widely expected to release the next-generation iPhone on Sept. 12, with a U.S. release to follow on Sept. 21.
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If only they were wireless.
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I'm looking at these things, scratching my head and trying to figure out how they work. Either mine are weirdly shaped or they don't make ears today like they used to.

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Originally Posted by Dickprinter View Post
I'm looking at these things, scratching my head and trying to figure out how they work. Either mine are weirdly shaped or they don't make ears today like they used to.

 

The face of the bud with the letter on it goes into your ear in the same way that the flat, open, speakery face of the current do. The tiny speaker grill there feeds sound in the old way and the front-facing one bounces it through your ear another way.

 

I'm sure they'll explain how it's better. That is, if these are even real and make any sense at all. I would have assumed the opposite facing way to be true… 

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I wonder how well the bass is on these compared to the ones shipped today?  The ones I got with my iPhone 4s are ok but I wish they were better fit into my ear for exercise.  They keep falling out even though I use the little tensioner.


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Dr Dre has the best ear buds for an iPhone or iPod.

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Those could be any damn brand, from any number of over seas tech manufacturer.

However, if they turn out to be the real deal(Apple earbuds) I ain't buying them.

THEY NEVER STAY IN MY FREAKING EAR!!!

Now, if Apple came out with a behind the ear headphone like the ones  Sony for example makes then we can talk.

Take my money!

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Dr Dre has the best ear buds for an iPhone or iPod.

Please oh please tell me that's a joke and you forgot to add /s at the end of the sentence.

About the earbud itself, I can only say: congratulations. Before tossing out my earbuds to the trash, I played around with their positioning and figured out what the Apple engineers have with these: the "sound hole" simply isn't positioned to properly direct the sound, and there is little seal between the ear and the earbud. With this, they'll improve bass response, as the sound source will more easily stay as close to the ear tube as possible, making it closer to the seal of a In-Ear. They also look nice.

I am aware that IEMs have been doing this for quite some time: my GR07s are also edge-firing. But this is the first edge-firing earbud I've seen.

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post #10 of 80
I find Apple's earbuds to be quite good. The bass is way above average for earbuds and the treble is balanced so I don't end up with tinnitus after listening to music for extended periods of time, even when it's loud. I'm really hopeful that these earbuds end up being real, since by sticking into the ear canal they are more likely to have a much better bass performance than the current earbuds. When I read the title about in-ear phones I immediately thought Apple was changing the design to make the traditional in-ear headphones, which I avoid because I fear the rubbers may get stuck inside (the first thought that came to mind as I clicked the article was to order a bunch of the current earbuds from the Apple store before they stopped selling them), but these don't seem to be anything like that, so to me they'd be a welcoming change.
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Those could be any damn brand, from any number of over seas tech manufacturer.

However, if they turn out to be the real deal(Apple earbuds) I ain't buying them.

THEY NEVER STAY IN MY FREAKING EAR!!!

Now, if Apple came out with a behind the ear headphone like the ones  Sony for example makes then we can talk.

Take my money!



1- These won't fit as snugly as IEMs, but they WILL drop less from your ears.
2- Behind-the-ear headphones are useless. Go earbud, IEM, headphone, or quit.

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While we are talking about headphones, Apple, and Dr Dre, it's a damn shame that Apple sells Dre headphones at Apple Stores (or so I've heard). Certainly doesn't help the "ripping off its customers" infamy.

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Dr Dre has the best ear buds for an iPhone or iPod.

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Let's hope that they leak less sound than the current ones do. Nothing worse than being stuck on a plane/train next to someone using Apple's bundled earphones and being able to hear all of their music.
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

The font for "R" and "L" is unlike any Apple has used so far, but Apple is known for completely reinventing things we take for granted.

Take 1 minute to look at your current buds.
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Originally Posted by tylerk36 View Post

I wonder how well the bass is on these compared to the ones shipped today?  The ones I got with my iPhone 4s are ok but I wish they were better fit into my ear for exercise.  They keep falling out even though I use the little tensioner.

Apple's headphones have bass???

 

 

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Originally Posted by tylerk36 View Post

Dr Dre has the best ear buds for an iPhone or iPod.

Right, and Samsung is company which invents everything by itself.

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by maccherry View Post

Those could be any damn brand, from any number of over seas tech manufacturer.

However, if they turn out to be the real deal(Apple earbuds) I ain't buying them.

THEY NEVER STAY IN MY FREAKING EAR!!!

Now, if Apple came out with a behind the ear headphone like the ones  Sony for example makes then we can talk.

Take my money!

Yeah, you ears are freaky.

 

 

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Originally Posted by RichL View Post

Let's hope that they leak less sound than the current ones do. Nothing worse than being stuck on a plane/train next to someone using Apple's bundled earphones and being able to hear all of their music.

How about just using yours at the same time? (regadless of what headphone brands you are using)

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Let's hope that they leak less sound than the current ones do. Nothing worse than being stuck on a plane/train next to someone using Apple's bundled earphones and being able to hear all of their music.

I think the sound leak is by design, more so to let the sound of people's voices in, while still being able to enjoy your audio. With these directed earbuds, we should get the best of both worlds, improved sound without the need to turn the volume way up.

 

Did anybody else notice the holes on the outside (you have to watch the video to see them)? I wonder if that's for acoustics, or noise cancellation. I remember Apple being granted a patent for noise canceling headphones with multiple points of input, which should be pretty effective.

 

Lastly, I'm really hoping Apple finally comes out with a wireless version.

   

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post #18 of 80
On the video I can see two slits at the base of the stem of the left earbud. That could be a mic.
post #19 of 80
I use Klipsch headphones with SRS iWow adapter. These would have to be pretty awesome for me to switch.
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

The font for "R" and "L" is unlike any Apple has used so far, but Apple is known for completely reinventing things we take for granted.

"reinventing things we take for granted." agreed, with all the blog battle with Samsung vs Apple, thanks for reminding me why I am a fan of apple products.
post #21 of 80
This looks like an industrial design, has the style and built quality of Apple products. This is the real stuff, I'm sure of it.
We only need a leak showing a switched on iPhone 5 and we'll have seen all.
The slid that is on the flat side is probably used for bass, since those frequencies easily pass through dense materials like the skull. Apple has done some nice research here, that's beautiful design.

BTW the best earbuds I ever had were 100$ in-ear Denon ones. I'm not an audio specialist but I could definitely hear the difference with any other ear bud and it was like a revelation, especially for classical music.
Edited by ClemyNX - 9/2/12 at 5:19am
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If we will see new headphones, noice reduction/cancellation would be great ;-)
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Early next year Samsung will be using an eerily similar looking pair of headphones... but it was obvious¡ /s

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I'm looking at these things, scratching my head and trying to figure out how they work. Either mine are weirdly shaped or they don't make ears today like they used to.

They are odd looking. I guess that flat, open side is the bass and it's placed in an anterior position just inside the tragus.

They do look real and I do assume that Apple has improved the sound and feel. They certainly couldn't have made the feel any worse. I use in-ear phones as Apple's buds are painful to use. I'd rather be water boarded than have to wear ear buds.

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The font for "R" and "L" is unlike any Apple has used so far, but Apple is known for completely reinventing things we take for granted.

Add the lack of a remote, much less a mic and the photo of the cord branding looks totally shopped and I'm calling fake

Which is to say that yes Apple could be revamping their earbuds. But I don't think these folks have a apir

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Add the lack of a remote, much less a mic and the photo of the cord branding looks totally shopped and I'm calling fake
Which is to say that yes Apple could be revamping their earbuds. But I don't think these folks have a apir

The font looks the same to me. As for the lack of the mic, remember that the iPods get a refresh this time of year, too.


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Dr Dre has the best ear buds for an iPhone or iPod.

 

Oh really? Than what about Shure's SE535? In terms of IEM, I haven't found any sounding better than SE535. 

 

And Apple should revamp their conventional ear buds. Although their $79 in-ear offering is pretty decent for now. 

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Originally Posted by maccherry View Post
However, if they turn out to be the real deal(Apple earbuds) I ain't buying them.

THEY NEVER STAY IN MY FREAKING EAR!!!!

 

So these earbuds, which you've never used in your ears and don't even know are real, will never be purchased by you because other earbuds, with a different shape and form, don't work.

 

Okay.


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Take 1 minute to look at your current buds.

 

…59… 60. My letters are narrower. Maybe it's the curve…


Originally Posted by charlituna View Post
Add the lack of a remote, much less a mic and the photo of the cord branding looks totally shopped and I'm calling fake
Which is to say that yes Apple could be revamping their earbuds. But I don't think these folks have a apir

 

Maybe these are the ones for regular iPods. Doesn't the classic still ship with… OH GOSH THEY'RE KEEPING THE CLASSIC AROUND STILL?! lol.gif

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post #28 of 80
Kind of look like these, lending some credibility
 
(Now, will Bose sue them?)
 
Keeping my hopes down though, last time there were rumours some non-shit headphones would be included, turned out they were sold separately for 100 dollars. 
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Dr Dre has the best ear buds for an iPhone or iPod.

 

LOL Good one. If you are 12 years old, that might be a semi-valid statement.

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I think these are real. I remember an article posted here or some other blog about Apple working on the problem of encasing the entire headbuds and making it one unit. It looks like they finally solved that problem.

That and the fact that the video has been made private probably from Apple lawyers forcing the poster to take down the video.
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Kind of look like these, lending some credibility
 
http://img.timeinc.net/time/daily/2010/1004/learbuds_bose.jpg
(Now, will Bose sue them?)
 
Keeping my hopes down though, last time there were rumours some non-shit headphones would be included, turned out they were sold separately for 100 dollars. 

I'm not seeing how they similar. The flat opening for the Bose point directly into your external auditory meatus whilst these rumoured headphones appear to have the flat opening press against the anterior wall of your EAM just to the inside of your tragus, which I don't quite understand when considering what I know about acoustics and comfort.
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I'm looking at these things, scratching my head and trying to figure out how they work. Either mine are weirdly shaped or they don't make ears today like they used to.

 

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

 

The face of the bud with the letter on it goes into your ear in the same way that the flat, open, speakery face of the current do. The tiny speaker grill there feeds sound in the old way and the front-facing one bounces it through your ear another way.

 

I'm sure they'll explain how it's better. That is, if these are even real and make any sense at all. I would have assumed the opposite facing way to be true… 

 

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Please oh please tell me that's a joke and you forgot to add /s at the end of the sentence.

About the earbud itself, I can only say: congratulations. Before tossing out my earbuds to the trash, I played around with their positioning and figured out what the Apple engineers have with these: the "sound hole" simply isn't positioned to properly direct the sound, and there is little seal between the ear and the earbud. With this, they'll improve bass response, as the sound source will more easily stay as close to the ear tube as possible, making it closer to the seal of a In-Ear. They also look nice.

I am aware that IEMs have been doing this for quite some time: my GR07s are also edge-firing. But this is the first edge-firing earbud I've seen.

 

Like DP, I am wondering more how they fit into ears than how the sound travels.

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I'm quite happy with these ones:

 

 

 

 

 

These aren't the standard earbuds though. These are sold separately. I assume the ones in the article are purported to be the "new" standard ones, that come with iPhones, etc. 

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Lot of people bashing this comment...I wonder if any of you have even tried Dre's headphones?

 

If not, you should. They are actually amazing headphones. And next time, do some research before you just pop off some ignorant response because a "rapper" invented them. Dre is a producer. 

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I use in-ear phones as Apple's buds are painful to use. I'd rather be water boarded than have to wear ear buds.

When I get a new device with Apple ear buds, I just hand them to my daughter. I can't use the Apple ear buds at all.
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Oh really? Than what about Shure's SE535? In terms of IEM, I haven't found any sounding better than SE535. 

And Apple should revamp their conventional ear buds. Although their $79 in-ear offering is pretty decent for now. 

I like these:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BQSGMM?ie=UTF8&tag=custombuildit-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000BQSGMM

I'm not real anal about the sound - background noise suppression is far more important to me and the Etymotic ones do that very well.
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The best cord length: Apple's in-ear phones (probably the same as their buds but I wouldn't know).
The best sound: Shure.
The best comfort: Klipsch.

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When I get a new device with Apple ear buds, I just hand them to my daughter. I can't use the Apple ear buds at all.

My first thought: What could she have done that was so bad that you'd make her use those. :D
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I'm not seeing how they similar. The flat opening for the Bose point directly into your external auditory meatus whilst these rumoured headphones appear to have the flat opening press against the anterior wall of your EAM just to the inside of your tragus, which I don't quite understand when considering what I know about acoustics and comfort.

 

Apple's new earbuds will work just like a stethoscope, with the sound directed slightly anterior. The ear canal is not directly perpendicular to the skull.

   

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Please oh please tell me that's a joke and you forgot to add /s at the end of the sentence.

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Right, and Samsung is company which invents everything by itself.

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LOL Good one. If you are 12 years old, that might be a semi-valid statement.

Wow, such uber-cool guys. How about laying off the sarcasm and telling folks what you think is better for the price? Or, are you scared that yours might be called out too, given how subjective people's sound preferences are?

 

 

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Oh really? Than what about Shure's SE535? In terms of IEM, I haven't found any sounding better than SE535. 

 

And Apple should revamp their conventional ear buds. Although their $79 in-ear offering is pretty decent for now. 

 

That is actually useful information. Thanks! :-)

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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post
Wow, such uber-cool guys. How about laying off the sarcasm and telling folks what you think is better for the price? Or, are you scared that yours might be called out too, given how subjective people's sound preferences are?

 

I think their complaint comes from the overemphasis Dre's line of headphones puts on bass and bass alone.

 

And through my own biases, you can see where the "over-" prefix originates.

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