Apple launches shorter Lightning cable, rounder headphones

Apple 0.5 meter Lightning to USB cable

Just as Scosche launched its new wall and car Lightning chargers earlier this morning (in addition to the world’s first official retractable Lightning-to-USB cable), Apple has made some tweaks to some of its own accessories.

Surprisingly enough, the new and shorter 0.5-meter Lightning to USB cable costs the same nineteen bucks as Apple’s 1-meter Lightning to USB cable, making the purchase of the latter a no-brainer. The shorter Lightning cable arrives just as Apple last month unveiled the new $29 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable. Also new: a tweaked In-Ear Headphones…

The online Apple store says the 1-meter cable does not support audio or video output, but that mention is gone from the shorter cable page.

According to MacRumors which first spotted these products on the US online store, the pricey $79 In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic are now slightly tweaked with a more rounded design for the remote.

Apple In Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic (old and new)
The old design (right) versus the new, more rounded look (left).

The tweaked headphones are now in line with the remote found on Apple’s EarPods, which launched alongside the iPhone 5 last September.