Apple has been using the same set of headphones as standard on all their iPod, iPhone and iPad devices for some time now, but a new video from Vietnamese site Tinhe.vn suggests that we may see a major headphone update along with the iPhone 5.
“Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in Vietnam”
In the video is a pair of the new headphones, which are also compared to the current version. The translation of the video is 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. 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.”
As seen on the cord, the headphones are claimed to be manufactured in Vietnam, and designed by Apple in California.
The design of the headphones is quite different from the current ones, with a much slimmer speaker.