I was very curious what the new Apple EarPod's would be like. Considering the fact they spent years and many millions developing this new design. The last update was about 6 years ago and that was just an internal speaker change. These headphones are totally different.
The first thing I noticed was the strange shape and multiple speaker/sound outlet's. The shape is said to fit the vast majority of ears. The speaker positions and sound outlet's are designed to reproduce quality high and low sounds similar to more expensive headphones.
Well along with my new iPhone 5 I received these headphones and was eager to try them out. The first thing I noticed was the they do NOT fit like a typical round earbud. Those are designed to 'stick' in your ear socket, EarPod's do not do this. Instead they hang at the bottom of your lower ear canal. The feeling is strange and your sure they are going to pop right out. When you turn on music (I had the new Muse album playing) you also note that sound is designed to work with the gap that occurs in your ear instead of being 'stuck' in your ear. The base and highs are amazing for a $30 headphone set. My next question was if they would stay in your ear, especially if your running. I figured that might be a problem with these as they just hang there. Sure enough after several hours of running, my EarPod's have yet to fall out unless I turn very quickly and unnaturally. As a runner, the one bummer on headphones is the cord slowly yanks them out of your ears, but the way Apple designed these when the cord is yanking at them, they go no where because they are secure in your lower ear canal. Genius.
My overall opinion is that these are the best sounding and functioning headphones for the price on the market. That is a huge advantage for Apple over other headphone manufacturers. The ability to produce 10's of millions of headphones with their iOS devices gives apple great supply chain leverage and allows for high quality audio headphones at very good pricing.
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