If there’s one thing that’s plagued the iPhone experience for everyone over the years, it’s the standard in-box earphones. The odd shape means that – for many – the earphones either fall out or just don’t hug tightly enough to give you an immersive sound experience, especially when you step outdoors. Apple tried – and failed miserably – by releasing its own in-ear headset that were deemed far too expensive.
Vietnamese site, Tinhte.vn, has leaked the earbuds in the image above, which appear to be genuine Apple design. The site has leaked images of phone prototypes from our favorite fruit company in the past, fairly reliably too. That said, being in prototype status doesn’t mean that Apple will actually release the product in question. In the gallery below, you’ll notice several images of the supposed new headset side-by-side with the existing one.
One of the biggest differences is that the grille covering the speaker is much smaller and situated at the end of a tapered earbud tip which appears to fit inside the entrance to the ear canal. This replaces the old-school, large circular grille currently used. The new shape should help keep the headset firmly attached to your ears, without being as obtrusive as a traditional in-ear piece. There was a video uploaded to YouTube, which has subsequently been removed. Possibly at request of Apple? Let the speculation begin on that.
These new earbuds would be a welcome improvement, but I can’t imagine that sound quality would be that much better than the current set. What are your thoughts? Are you sick of the current earbuds, or do you like they look/feel of them? Tweet: @TiP_Cam