Monday, September 03, 2012

Website posts video showing newly designed iPhone 5 headset

First we had a video that shows us a simulation of the iPhone 5 with its new elongated 1,344 x 640 screen, and now we have a video that purports to show us a new headset, one that Apple is reportedly planning to release along with the iPhone 5.

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The video comes via the Vietnamese site

The video claims to show the new iPhone headphones and compares them to the old iPhone 4S headphones. A rough translation of the video's voiceover 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 [which could explain how the site got its hands on them].

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, unlike 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, unlike 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 earphone wires: "Designed by Apple in California, assembled in Vietnam.")
Don't worry, Apple's BFF Foxconn isn't being "aced out of" business. According to, the new headphones are being manufactured in Vietnam, but at a Foxconn plant. You can see in the image above the text read in the voiceover, about the design and manufacture.

It's possible these are third-party headphones with faux labeling on the wires. Or it could be a real iPhone 5 headset. As with all these numerous iPhone 5 rumors, we won't know for sure until the Apple event - also rumored - on Sept. 12.

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