Judging from what we know, or at least what we think we know, about the new iPhone, it’s going to be loaded with changes and upgrades: new charging port, new back, new screen, and new processor.

And the handset may not be the only thing getting a revamp this year. A new video has surfaced online of what is claimed to be a redesigned headphones that will be included with the next-gen iPhone…

MacRumors points to the clip, which was originally posted by Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn.


The site was able to translate the audio from the video, and we’ve posted an excerpt below:

“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.”

There’s obviously no way to confirm the legitimacy of the video or the headphones, but there are a few things worth noting here. For one, on the cable of the headphones it reads: “Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in Vietnam.” Apple has used Vietnamese factories to make headphones in the past.

And the description “they have the appearance of a fully integrated, single unit” is also interesting because it sounds a lot like Apple’s “Ultrasonically Welded Structures and Methods for Making the Same” patent application discovered in April of this year. Here’s an excerpt from the body of that filing:

“Seamless headphones may be ultrasonically welded such that the welding produces an unpolished welded structure. A portion of the unpolished welded structure can be cut to a predetermined size, sanded, polished, and cleaned to provide a seamless polished headphone component.”

Combine these two things with Tinhte’s history of scoring pre-release Apple gear and we have to say that it’s entirely possible that these are the real deal. And our fingers are crossed that they are. If you’ve ever used Apple’s iPhone earbuds, you know that they don’t always sound the best or fit properly.

Hopefully this will change with this year’s model. We’ll find out in a few weeks.

What are your thoughts on the claimed next-gen headphones?

  • @dongiuj

    Who wants mine? I never use them.

    • Manuel Angel

      Unless you’re paying for shipping, send them over.

      Anyways, has there been any news on Apple setting the date to September 12 officially? Since the 12 is approaching us, don’t you think that this week should be the time that Apple sends the invitations to big media outlets?

      • Alex Blaha

        I think it should happen < Wednesday.

      • No more Obama

        you think it should happen “less than” Wednesday? hmm, what?

      • Alex Blaha

        I mean I think they will announce the event before Wednesday.

      • No more Obama

        i figured so, i was just teasing 😉 and i hope you are right~

      • Apple could send out invites the day before and everyone would still be there

    • No more Obama

      me thank you…my wife likes to break them

  • I don’t have an issue with the current version. In fact I have a pair of very expensive one I got last Xmas. Can’t hear the difference really.

    • Then the other pair is not expensive for its sound but for the design or you’re not listening to good quality music.

      • No more Obama

        he is either very old, or we are witnessing some typical fanboyism

  • LOOOOL he said that the earphone looks like alien

  • 1337lolzorz

    I like these. Looks sleek.

  • chjode

    Two things:

    1 – I’ve never used a pair of Apple headphones and I have iPods back to the first in 2001. I use some nice in-ear or Bluetooth A2DP headphones instead.

    2 – We’ll see these in black next spring with Samsung branding.

  • Those look like they kinda hurt lol

    • No more Obama

      and they look as if they could slip out easier. hopefully not

  • Are the “R” and “L” labels seriously printed on the side which goes in/by the ear? They’ll rub off even faster. A serious oversight in my opinion.

    • Outhig

      After years of use my headphones “L” and “R” labels haven’t rubbed off, they never do.

      • ??? That is exactly what I’m saying. Neither have mine. Reason why labels haven’t rubbed off is because they are printed behind. I’ve seen many Apple headphones with that gray rubber peeling off, and the cable on my first pair broke. With all that said, I can’t imagine a simple label not simply disappearing after a while, especially printed in that place.

      • These do look rather
        Boring and simple not like anything apple made!

  • WatchTheThrone

    I never use the “old” iPhone headphones because they fall out!! Ever try and jog with those things?? It’s almost impossible cuz they keep falling out and theyre not comfortable at all or maybe my ears are tiny. But these look a lot better because of their shape which is m&m oval like!! But let’s wait and see when they come out.

    • That’s because they are not made for jogging.

      • No more Obama

        in the siri commercial a guy is jogging with them. he is also talking to siri, which you can’t do outside, especial when jogging.

      • ive done it while jogging…

      • No more Obama

        talking to siri, hands free as in the commercial? i can’t even do that walking with a headset.

  • insp1112

    As rumor from vietnam was quite correct, this will likely be true.
    And I hope so, because this look awesome (personal opnion) !

  • That headphones is ugly

  • No more Obama

    they look like shovels to clean some gunk out of your ears before putting in real ear-buds in. maybe?

  • KB

    They look so stupid tbh

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    “We’re gonna double down’ on secrecy”

  • These are manufactured at Phax Co factory in Vietnam. ”
    Foxconn…… Not “Phax Co”… LOL

  • Foxconn. Not Phax Co!!!

  • Hmm… If I put all the leaked parts together I could build you all this darn “iphone 5” myself 😉

  • These look very futuristic :O We’ll see when (if) they come out and as always, we’ll expect the copy from samsung with another color…

  • Irfan Tarique

    Looks like the same head phones with a turbo charger.

  • At least something is “completely redesigned”

  • It’s not gonna happen, anyone can make it look like apple headphones as long as they have a solderer