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Apple In-Ear Headphones receive durability upgrade

updated 11:50 am EDT, Tue July 14, 2009

In-Ear Headphones update

Apple has made a minor but significant update to its In-Ear Headphones, which improve over stock earbuds supplied with iPhones and iPods by isolating sound, and using separate tweeter and woofer drivers. The casing around the jack plug is now made of hard plastic, instead of a light rubber. It was previously possible to tear or separate the older casing after extended use.

The product's listing has also changed to indicate compatibility with the iPhone 3GS. The headphones have an inline remote, which lets users perform functions like answering calls, initiating Voice Control, or starting and stopping playback. Other remote-compatible devices include the 120GB iPod classic, the fourth-generation Nano, and the second-generation Touch. The headphones can be used with unsupported devices, but buttons such as the volume controls may not work.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Mimi-mim

    Joined: Dec 1969


    At my Apple Store

    I just got back from the Vancouver Apple Store. They had these in-ear phones in stock, but the salesman had to fetch them from the back, as they were not yet out on the shelf.

    These earphones are very nice, and came to just over ninety dollars (CDN) after tax. That's less than half of what I paid for a pair of Shure earphones without any kind of remote control.

    The remote control is small and easy to use; the microphone records clean audio; the sound is good; and so far they're comfortable to wear in the office.

    I didn't realise that Apple made these. I would have bought the earlier version if I'd known, as it always annoys me to have to dig out my iPod Touch to skip tracks or adjust the volume. And now I can make voice memos and make VoIP calls. Sweet.

    They even come with a nice plastic carrying case.

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I was under the impression that the controls DO NOT work with the iPhone, and you cannot use the microphone to make phone calls.

    Has this changed?

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Only 3GS

    From Apple Website

    Compatibility Information

    The remote and mic are supported only by iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (120GB), iPod touch (2nd generation), and iPhone 3GS. The remote is supported by iPod shuffle (3rd generation). Audio is supported by all iPod models.

  1. josejrp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Older iPhones

    Note that only the volume buttons don't work with the older iPhones - I have these headphones and the mic and the clicker work fine on my 3G. I can live without volume buttons (although they do work with my unibody MacBook :-))

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