Apple’s trademark earbuds that come included with iPod and iPhone purchases may be set to undergo a redesign ahead of the iPhone 5 launch in September, with a video of the purported new model appearing online.
[Image source: Tinhte]
Posted by Vietnamese site, Tinhte, the footage shows the alleged new earphones compared to Apple’s current design that are included with the iPhone 4S. Clearly printed on the wiring of the new earphones is the following trademark: “Designed by Apple in California, assembled in Vietnam.” Tinhte claims the earphones are currently in production at a Foxconn plant in Vietnam.
Looking at the design in the video, we can see the buds on the earphones have a distinct, funnel-like form, with the speaker grilles on each bud mostly concealed. And while the design sports Apple’s iconic white plastic finish and a “fully integrated single unit,” according to Tinhte, The Verge notes that on closer inspection you can see the seams of its build.
The authenticity of the video has not yet been confirmed, although Tinhte is credited by fellow tech websites, including Engadget and MacRumors, as a credible source, having published genuine Apple device pre-releases and protoypes in the past.
If indeed, Tinhte is on the money and these are the new earphones that will ship with the iPhone 5 and other future Apple devices, the redesign will replace the current version, which have largely remained the same since being launched in 2006, with an inline remote later added in 2008. Apple users have long had gripes with the current earphones, complaining of poor fit and due to badly designed ear pieces.
The video of Apple’s alleged new earphones can be seen below.
[Video source: Tinhte]