I know I’m part of a minority here, but I actually like the free earphones that Apple ships with its iPhone and iPod lineup. I don’t listen to music with them all that often, but when I do, I can’t complain. Having said that, I do feel it’s time they were updated; they’ve been largely the same since Apple introduced the first-generation iPhone way back in 2007.
That update could be just weeks away, however, because it looks like Apple is gearing up to introduce a brand new set of earphones alongside the iPhone 5.
As you can see from the video above, the new earphones — obtained by Vietnamese site Tinhte — are completely different to those that the Cupertino already ships with the iPhone. They sport a unibody design, like that of Apple’s MacBooks, and a new shape that looks like it’s going to be considerably more comfortable.
While we can’t be certain that these are genuine Apple headphones, they do say “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in Vietnam.” on the cable. Apple’s existing headphones are also assembled in Vietnam, as well as China.
What’s more, Tinhte does have a good track record when it comes to Apple leaks. As noted by MacRumors, the site has previously obtained prototype devices prior to their unveiling — including one for the iPhone 4 — that have turned out to be genuine.
What isn’t clear is whether these earphones will indeed replace the ones Apple bundles with its mobile devices, or whether they will replace the company’s premium in-ear earphones, which currently sell for $79 at the Apple store.
Hopefully we’ll find out more in just a couple weeks.