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Apple expected to announce new headphones

To tie in with another big announcement having to do with a new iPhone or something

Apple press conference

Let me just say – our balls are JUICED when it comes to Apple’s press conference this week.

If you missed the announcement about the announcement, it’s this Wednesday, and Apple is expected to formally detail the next reincarnation of the iPhone: the “iPhone 18” or the “New-New iPhone” . . . something along those lines.

iPhone 5

And while many in tech land are super stoked about what the new iPhone is going to offer this time around, the makers of the best portable speaker on the market are actually more excited about something else that the company might be announcing that day: new earbuds.

New earbuds from Apple

I know, I know – it’s all audio-porn here, but news of this is pretty exciting. These earbuds are probably the second most durable form of audio entertainment on the market, behind a pretty kickass group of wireless speakers I’ve heard of, but they’ve been stuck with the same look and design for-EVER. So, I mean, it’s about damn time they got around to re-doing these things.

News of this possible pending announcement first came from Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn, and was disclosed on Apple hard-on forum “Mac Rumors”. Full details after the jump.

Video popped up on Tinhte.vn of what the author claims to be redesigned headphones. The kind folks at Mac Rumors posted the following translation of what was on the video (video below has no audio to it – SORRY):

“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.”

That whole thing about the wire is right here:

Apple earbud wire

And here’s the video (jump to 1:10 if you want to see the old earbuds compared to the new version):

According to Tinhte, the new headphones are being manufactured in a Foxconn plant in Vietnam. While we here at Boombotix can’t vouch for authenticity of either of these sources, what we can tell you is that Mac Rumors has worked with Tinhte in the past and pointed out at the conclusion of their article that Tinhte has been able to get a hold of pre-release and prototype Apple devices in the past.

So, while it’s not a slam dunk entirely, it’s likely true, which is pretty friggen awesome.

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