Yes, finally — finally — Apple’s years-long headphone debacle may finally be at an end, with the introduction this morning of redesigned earbuds. Their new name: “EarPods.” Like so many things from today’s Apple press conference, the new earphones look an awful lot like a leak we saw earlier this month. Apple says the new earphones feature, “a breakthrough design for a more natural fit and increased durability, and an incredible acoustic quality typically reserved for higher-end earphones.” As seen above, they feature dual grills on each “pod,” and the iPhone version has an in-line microphone built-in along the wire.
The EarPods feature a speaker port directed into your ear canal and look starkly different from past Apple earphone offerings — no rubber, distinctly less visible metal, and an all-plastic outer shell. There are apparently three separate ports handling audio delivery, with the intention of maximizing airflow for sound quality. Apple claims the design results in, “overall audio quality [that’s] so impressive, they rival high-end headphones that cost hundreds of dollars more.” They’re available today for purchase as a standalone, and will ship with the new iPod Touch, Nano, and iPhone 5. No pricing was given for the standalone set.