In a much leaked, media-hyped and ultimately disappointing Apple product launch, the new EarPods were probably the highlight of the whole event
Yeah, so apparently Apple released a new iPhone yesterday or something… I could tell because when I got into work today my Google Reader ‘tech’ folder had about a zillion stories compared to the usual 50 or so.
What was most interesting for me was the announcement of the new Apple EarPods. Three years in development and designed to fit all ears. And as you’d expect from anything Apple put out, they look pretty cool too.
I’m guessing these EarPods are a replacement for the terrible ones that has come included with every iPod and iPhone since the beginning of time, rather than a competitor / replacement for the much more expensive in-ear kind you can buy separately.
I’m particularly interested to hear what they sound and fit like as I’ve been through four different sets of headphones / earphones in the last six months trying to get close to something that doesn’t cost the earth, stays in my ears without causing incredible discomfort and sounds reasonably good.
At the moment I’m onto a set of Nocs NS400 titanium which were really uncomfortable to begin with, but now seem to have given in to the shape of my ears and are feeling a bit better, but click annoyingly every time I move my head. At home I use a pair of Superdry Technical on-ear headphones and fondly reminisce about the Grado SR80i headphones I once owned, then sold on eBay.
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James Mattison is a British senior graphic designer based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a special interest in all things nicely put together.