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EarPods teardown shows paper cones, more durability

updated 05:11 pm EDT, Tue September 18, 2012

Apple upgrades default audio for mobile devices

A new iFixit teardown has exposed some of the inner workings of Apple's new EarPods. The product notably uses paper cones, a first for any set of Apple headphones. The earbuds Apple previously included with mobile devices relied on plastic cones, in theory hurting sound quality.

Apple is also said to have engineered the EarPods for better durability. This includes more cable wrapping on each end, and the removal of an external microphone grate. The latter is said to have made the earlier earbuds more prone to moisture damage.

While people can already buy EarPods separately from Apple's online store, most people will first get them with the iPhone 5, which ships on Friday, or with the updated versions of the iPod nano and touch, due in October. The main features are said to be clearer sound with better low-end response that has been compared favorably to more expensive third-party earbuds, as well as a more universal fit. While not intended to be a replacement for pro-level earbuds, the Earpods are said to be a significant improvement on the previously-included headphones. [via iFixit]

by MacNN Staff





  1. GreenMnM

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    Why do all the links on "MacNN" only ever point to other MacNN stories? A story about videos only had links to MacNN stories about the items no links to the actual videos. Now we have a story about an iFixit story and no link to iFixit. Kind of annoying.

  1. devopro

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    Joined: 11-24-10

    I bought a pair a few days ago and they are far superior to previous generations of apple headphones for sound quality. the mic and volume buttons on the cord feel much better and are easier to press. when the old ones got cold, I found the volume buttons would seize up. you get quite a bit of noise from the line when it wiggles and bumps around but you get that from a lot of buds.

  1. Mike Wuerthele

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    The "Via" link at the bottom is always to the source- not another MacNN article.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    When it's there, that is.

  1. Charles Martin

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    Originally Posted by GreenMnMView Post

    Now we have a story about an iFixit story and no link to iFixit. Kind of annoying.

    The author appears to have fixed that. The link "iFixit teardown" links directly to the ... wait for it ... iFixit teardown! :)

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