It is no secret that Apple’s in-ear headphones that ship with iPhones and iPods leave a lot to be desired. Sound quality is average, at best, bass is non-existent and highs sound a little too robotic. Of course, we knew Apple would be introducing a brand new headset today. What we haven’t known is that the company spent three years designing the new headphones, dubbed EarPods. Yes, three years…

iTunes head Greg Joswiak noted:

Doing a great headphone is hard. Ears are challenging. Everyone’s are different, but you have to make one size.

He’s right about the one-size-fits-all requirement: the current headset is driving me crazy as it falls out of my ear constantly.

So, what does designing earphones that fit for everyone compares to, Greg?

It would be like making shoes that are the same size that fit everyone’s feet. But that’s what we’ve tried to do.

This is what the EarPods look like.

The company played a promotional video at the presser, signifying that it deems the new headset a substantial improvement.

Hopefully, they fit and sound better than the crappy headset it replaces.

The new headset is available today.

Apple is providing these as a standalone accessory, including them with every iPod touch, iPod nano and iPhone 5.

“I think music lovers will love these”, we shall see about that once we have a chance to test what the headset feels and sounds like.

What do you think, are those headphones worth the price?

  • Skem

    Even the news about EarPods aren’t disappointing like the iPhone 5.

  • Love the design. Going to buy them with the new iPod touch

  • no

  • What is the price?

  • They look the same….

    • it’s wrong image. they look like as displayed in rumors. Let IDB update correct image.

  • I’ve always loved the original headphones that come with iPhones and iPods. I even have friends that give me all of theirs because they won’t use them. My experience is that they are great for hands-free talking at work and also for using at the gym to switch songs without having to remove my phone from my pocket. I am incredibly excited for these new ones!

    • In replying to my own comment… What do you mean “are they worth the price?” They never said the price.

      • Kok Hean

        Forever alone.

      • $29 @ store

  • Look like ? where’s the picture ? or is it the same design lol..

  • Kok Hean

    The set of EarPods looks like a human…?

    • Miras safadi

      (sarcasm)I was surprised too!! I didn’t know they’d look like that!

  • mo

    So the hphones aren’t included??? wtf!

  • – Name is a coincidence? I think not.

  • umm im not the smartest person in the world but that looks like the old style headphones. lol

  • Those are not the new ear pods. Theyre the old ones. New ones look like a pod of mints

  • Will my shiny new ear pods come with a shiny new sign for the benefit of muggers or will apple charge me extra for that?