Apple EarPods Teardown Reveals Durable Design

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Apple’s new earbuds — the EarPods — cost $ 29, but Apple claims they sound better than much more expensive headphones. While that’s hard to judge until you do a comparison test, the folks at iFixit tore them down to bits in order to find what these new headphones are made of, and if Apple’s claims have any basis in reality.

The teardown revealed a durable design with the new remote “better sealed against water damage.” Also, iFixit claims the new paper speaker cones are “more resistant to tearing than plastic, decreasing the likelihood of blowing out your drivers.”

As far as design goes, the speakers inside the EarPods are fairly standard; what makes these buds different is their…
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Apple EarPods: How Good Do They Really Sound? [VIDEO]

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It’s been a long time coming: Apple’s earbuds have finally gotten a big upgrade. At the iPhone 5 unveiling, Apple revealed it would now include new “EarPods” with every iPhone and iPod going forward. The new earphones have a vented enclosure for deeper bass and a new design that’s intended to better fit the ear.

So has Apple hit the sweet spot with its new earphone design, or is it just blowing smoke when it says the EarPods “rival high-end headphones that cost hundreds of dollars more?” With a brand-new pair of EarPods in one hand and some of the old Apple earbuds in the other, we performed a listening test with some select Mashable staffers.

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