Apple confirms new earbuds, called "EarPods"

While rumors that Apple was going to launch a new version of its earbuds leaked out earlier this month, the company finally admitted that it had indeed been working on a redesign of its popular (or infamous, in some cases) earbuds during today's iPhone 5 press conference.

News.com reports that, according to Apple, they have been working behind the scenes for the past three years on this new earbud project, which they now called "EarPods" (Apparently, they want to hold onto the "Pod" branding). Apple reportedly did full 3D ear scans as a starting point for these new earbuds.

Apple's official website states:

But they’re not just designed for the perfect fit. They’re designed for the perfect sound, too. You’ll hear deeper, richer bass and better audio all around. And they’re incredibly stable in your ear. Which means they stay in, even when you’re out and about.

You can buy them as a separate accessory but at the moment there's no word on what they will cost. However the new EarPods will be shipped for free as part of the new iPhone 5, along with the new versions of the iPod Touch and the iPod Nano.

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Ear scans, and perfect fit, so they never fall out...

Good thing all ears are the same shape and size, which is why those much better soft ear plugs never come with multiple sizes, or why the kiss plug doesn't come with a soft shapesble

Gopal Chavan said,
something that doesn't start with an "i",
LOL....
iLOL

omsj!!1 they violated the first Steve jobs mandate!

I heard Apple is going to sue farmers for using pod in pea pods. They are also suing farmers for the peas being rounded like Apple's EarPods because they have a patent on the round shape.

BillyJack said,
I heard Apple is going to sue farmers for using pod in pea pods. They are also suing farmers for the peas being rounded like Apple's EarPods because they have a patent on the round shape.

be cautious! we MUST put © next to EarBuds© since today! its apple magic.-trademark

laserfloyd said,
Ok how the hell do they go into the ear? Looks like you could put it in either way. Yes, I left that open for jokes. Enjoy!

BTW I'm still sporting my Zune headphones from 4 years ago. Best I've owned. Not the ones that burrow into your ear, the more basic shaped ones. Love these things. I even took them apart to resolder the connections when one ear piece started to go out.

they might be ugly but i have a version of the headphones that looks similar to that in design that Samsung made probably 4 or 5 years ago and I love it.

I'm sure they fit okay, but I've never found any earphones that stay in as well as a good pair of the ones with the rubber bud at the end. And I doubt they sound anywhere near as good as anything Sennheiser (or a million other companies) sell at the same price.

This changes everything!!!!

Actually no these will be over priced and sound like crap and rip off the design of other earbuds

swanlee said,
This changes everything!!!!

Actually no these will be over priced and sound like crap and rip off the design of other earbuds


Good. Goood. Release your anger.

threetonesun said,

Yes.

I can imagine they're as uncomfortable as the current ones.

Aren't they optional? IE you have to buy them separately?

ahhell said,

Aren't they optional? IE you have to buy them separately?


Nope, they'll ship with iPhone 5, iPod 5th gen (new one) and iPod Nano (new one)

iPod Shuffle's not getting it, though.

GS:mac

"EarPods are designed to direct sound into the ear." - foock what?

so thats what the others have been doing wrong, directing sound away from a persons ear.

Apple. Leading the innovation.

ba55meister said,
"EarPods are designed to direct sound into the ear." - foock what?

so thats what the others have been doing wrong, directing sound away from a persons ear.

Apple. Leading the innovation.


It sounds good to put it like that while showing 3D scans of ears, and it's called marketing.

bmthetechfan said,
Wowwwwwww. Revolutionary!!!! Fabulous!!!!! I am breathless!!! What an innovation!!!!!!!!

indeed my friend, innovation in his highest state of purity. we are seeing history here. simply revolutionary, tecnology out of this world and is unlike anything we have seen before.

bmthetechfan said,
Wowwwwwww. Revolutionary!!!! Fabulous!!!!! I am breathless!!! What an innovation!!!!!!!!

I wonder how it took 3 years to design this? anybody tested it yet?

ACTIONpack said,
I hope EarPods will not be the new headphone name standard for all headphones.

No, the name is probably patented by Apple. They will sue if others try to use it.

techbeck said,

No, the name is probably patented by Apple. They will sue if others try to use it.

Trademarked*

techbeck said,

No, the name is probably patented by Apple. They will sue if others try to use it.


You mean like Kleenex?

Pretty sure he was on about the colloquial use of the word.

GS:mac

ahhell said,
Those look horribly uncomfortable.

Yeah, when will Apple learn to put some sort of rubber texture on them. The old ones never stayed in my ears.

ahhell said,
Those look horribly uncomfortable.

All earbuds are to me, I don't know how people stand those things stuck in their ears.

briangw said,

Yeah, when will Apple learn to put some sort of rubber texture on them. The old ones never stayed in my ears.


The ear buds do have rubber on them. Be it a small band around ear peice. Which is rubbish as once it comes off they don't stay in your ear.

Gothic_Rebel said,

The ear buds do have rubber on them. Be it a small band around ear peice. Which is rubbish as once it comes off they don't stay in your ear.

Sorry, I meant more like Skullcandy's where it's an actual rubber, flexible piece and not just the stiff, hard plastic.

vincent said,

t3h fixed

If they come with iPod's/iPhones/etc then I've never had a problem getting them free from Apple by calling support.. I mean it's not like I call every few months or anything, but I generally get a year and a half out of them before something bad happens, and they have always sent me a new set free of charge.

LaP said,
It's getting old really.

Do you have something to say ?

while(1) printf("You are holding it wrong\n");

That is what their programming looks like.

MeltedMacaroni said,
Always innovating, gotta love Apple.

Where is the innovation? Tell me just one single innovation that are in these but not in other earbuds.

And no, I don't "gotta" love Apple. I don't love inanimate objects.

NeoPogo said,
Dude, get a dog and get someone to love you in your life...

The post I was replying to was making the claim that these are innovative. I would like to know what is innovative about them - he seems to have some sort of information that no other web site has been able to produce about how innovative they are and I would like to know what it is. He then proclaims his love for a company, but I am the one that needs a dog (which I have) and somebody to love (which I have)? I think you have your comment directed to the wrong person.

nohone said,
The post I was replying to was making the claim that these are innovative. I would like to know what is innovative about them - he seems to have some sort of information that no other web site has been able to produce about how innovative they are and I would like to know what it is. He then proclaims his love for a company, but I am the one that needs a dog (which I have) and somebody to love (which I have)? I think you have your comment directed to the wrong person.

I thought he was being sarcastic actually...

MeltedMacaroni said,
Always innovating, gotta love Apple.

No one said anything about these being innovative, so God knows what the hell you're talking about. Probably just some anti Apple poster who will bag Apple given any chance, and then blame it on how much you hate them for suing everything.

Anyway, we won't know if they are innovative until they are in our ears.

Seriously, the amount of one eyes posters on here is pathetic. Sure, hate Apple, but don't bag them where it isn't due.

nohone said,

Where is the innovation? Tell me just one single innovation that are in these but not in other earbuds.

And no, I don't "gotta" love Apple. I don't love inanimate objects.

Come on.

My Sennheiser headphones are boring. No innovation there.

You know what ? They just ***** work ....

How can anyone complain about a lack of innovation for a pair of earbuds ?

Now i'm sure those earbuds will ****. But who cares ? People who do buy a pair from Sure, Sennheiser, Klipsh, Westone, etc certainly not one from Apple, MS or Google.