While rumors of the new iPhone have been rampant for most of the summer, not much has been leaked about accessories other than a purported new cable. That is until now. Vietnamese tech blog Tinhte.vn, which has a fairly decent track record, has posted a video and hands-on images of what appear to be newly redesigned earbuds.
The new buds are reportedly being manufactured in a Vietnamese Foxconn factory and will be bundled with the upcoming iPhone. While the original video included audio, the video has since been replaced with one sans audio. MacRumors, however, has a transcript from the original video:
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.”
They certainly look Applesque but we won’t know for sure until Apple’s purported September 12 event where the company is widely expected to announce its latest generation iPhone.