Rumors have been flying of a new Apple iPhone being announced on September 12th. We can now add rumors of a new set of earbuds from the California company as well. Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn has posted a video of what it claims to be redesigned headphones for the new iPhone which is expected in September.
MacRumors has the video and even translated the Vietnamese translation. The video shows the new headphones and compares them to the old headphones provided on the iPhone 4S:
In my hands are the new earphones for the iPhone 5 that is about to come out – Apple’s next generation of iPod [sic]. These will replace the current earphones that are on the market. These are manufactured at Phax Co factory in Vietnam. They have the appearance of a horse’s head, not like earbuds. When they are worn, they have a much smaller profile. They have the appearance of a fully integrated, single unit – there’s no part that looks like it would come apart – not like earbuds; the integrated design is characteristic of Apple products. Here I have the old earphones for comparison. The new ones are much smaller; when they are worn, they do not hurt the way earbuds do. You can see on the old ones the surface is a separate part that looks like it can be detached – not like the small surface of the new one. The old earphones were mostly made in China, with some in Vietnam. But the new ones are clearly made in Vietnam. (Reading from the wires): “Designed by Apple in California, assembled in Vietnam.”
The site claims that the new headphones are manufactured in Vietnam which are also written on the cables themselves. According to Tinhte, the new headphones are being manufactured in a Foxconn plant in Vietnam. Apple last updated its earphones back in 2008 when it released a set featuring the ability to alter the volume of your device using a control built into the wire. The overall structrue of the earphones stayed the same but featured the new feature. The new earbuds, however, are said to be smaller to presumably cut down on the “hurting” trauma that the current Apple earbuds cause.
“All factors such as design, quality finishing materials fabricated wire, plastic body headphones are led to the conclusion this is genuine and not counterfeit headphones,” states Tinhte in the post.
September 12 is rumored to be the day a new iPhone is announced. We will know then.
While Apple hasn’t sent out an official statement regarding an event to announce its iPhone 5, several rumors indicate that it should happen in mid-September, with the device going on sale shortly there after. Apple is also rumored to offer other audio improvement announcements, like an upgrade to its Airplay feature for Bluetooth speakers.