The EarPods — which are presented now in the Apple Store — will ship with the new iPod touch and iPhone 5. After three years of designing new earphones for its mobile products, Apple revealed on Wednesday what it is calling EarPods, created to intentionally direct sound right into the ear.
To get the fit right, Apple notes in a video posted to its website that it 3D-scanned hundreds of ears and looked for commonality to fit a form for a broad range of ears. Similar to little periscopes, EarPods feature sound ports built into the stem, as well as the sides. The vents on the side of each EarPod “allows air inside the stem, which acts as an acoustic chamber, to flow out,” according to Apple. “So you hear deeper, richer bass tones.” Apple says the audio quality competes with high-end headphones that cost hundreds of dollars more.
They rest comfortably in your ears, but they don’t create a seal the way in-ear headphones do. It’s been rumored that Apple has been working on new headphones. In fact, the company filed for a patentearlier this year for “vented in-the-ear headphones,” which aim to cut back on the echoes you might hear of your voice while making phone calls.