It doesn't cost Apple $0 to make them. It cost them money in R&D and mfg cost plus packaging to make them. But they bundle something in with the product so you have at least SOMETHING to use.
Apple is just trying to make the best product while keeping the price point down to an affordable price. I haven't tried the newer $29 models that ship with the iPhone 5, but I know people that have and they like them a LOT.
For what it is, I'm sure it's better than the previous generation models. For some, they'll buy more expensive models from a variety of brands. It's whatever floats your boat.
But for $29 for a set of earbuds, Apple probably has the best set for the $29 price range and they just include it in the price of the iPhone 5. Get over yourself.
Who includes a better set of earbuds with their smartphone? Anyone?
rogifan wrote: »
If someone wants quality earphones they don't come cheap!
I don't see how attached vs. separated makes any difference, but fine, let's say the analogy is flawed. The point is still rather obvious though -- the included earphones cost Apple something to make, and they recoup that cost plus markup as part of the device selling price so they are not free, period.
rogifan wrote: »
I've don't use Apple earphones but have family and friends who love the earpods. If someone wants quality earphones they don't come cheap!
No they're not. They're part of the cost of the package. That's like saying the screen is free because it's included when you buy the device.
I'm of two minds on this one. On one hand, Apple goes to great lengths to ensure other parts of the user experience are top-notch -- things like aluminum enclosures and Retina screens -- so it seems inconsistent and disappoints me that they settle for "good enough" when it comes to the earphones.
On the other hand, the supplied earphones ARE good enough for the vast majority of buyers, and including better earphones out of the box to satisfy the minority would raise the cost for everybody. Unlike the enclosure or screen, the user can choose their own earphones, so maybe its better to keep the base cost more reasonable and let those who want something better buy their own aftermarket upgrade.
My point is that they come with the package and that they are equal in quality to many brand name add-ons that cost $100-$150. Therefore, any criticism of them as "crap" (or words to that effect) is just beyond the pale.
The problem with Apple earphones in general is that they leak sound like crazy. This creates two problems: the user has to jack up the volume very high in noisy environments and everyone can hear their music. Obviously the former problem only exacerbates the latter.
Apple headphones are the bane of anyone wanting a peaceful commute on public transport or plane journey.
This is only true of the discontinued (old) ones. This is exactly the opposite of true when describing the new asymmetrical ones.
They are specifically designed not to leak and as I noted, you can crank up the volume to the top, take them out of your ear and lay them on the table in front of someone and they cannot be heard. How is that "leaking" sound?
This is a helpful invention from Apple.
New users of in-ear, noise-canceling earphones sometimes complain that the sound they get is terrible. This is usually the result of not getting a good seal. Having an alert or adjustment to the sound would help to alleviate this problem.