iFixit Dissects Apple's New EarPods

In addition to the new iPhone and iPod devices unveiled by Apple last week, the company also released new and improved earbud-style headphones. Now called EarPods, Apple's new headphones are the third of three generations worth of designs. According to the company, the engineers behind the EarPods tested 124 different prototypes on over 600 people, resulting in a more durable, comfortable and stable design.As usual, the DIY repair gurus over at iFixit have decided to perform another teardown, confirming a more durable design that is unfortunately near-impossible to self-repair. According to iFixit, the controller inside the earbuds is better sealed, making it less susceptible to water damage and also features strain-relief wrapping to help extend the life and durability of the cable.

Additionally, the previously plastic speaker cones have been replaced with a paper model, making it a little more difficult to blow the drivers and potentially providing the source of Apple's advertised improved mid-range and bass response. Overall, the new EarPods can definitely be seen as an improvement, but the only downside is the lack of repairability. iFixit says sourcing the parts is "next to impossible", so if something does go wrong, you'd have to pay another $30 for a new pair. For the full teardown analysis, head on over to iFixit.

 

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  • wemakeourfuture
    Who fixes $30 earphones?
    The personal time and labour expense to get a pair of earphones fixed is pointless for $30 earphones.
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  • bennaye
    "...that is near-impossible to self-repair"

    methinks that is the mantra that apple designers and engineers chant to themselves while working.
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  • soundping
    These apple EarPuds are very low-end.
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  • wemakeourfuture
    Who fixes $30 earphones?
    The personal time and labour expense to get a pair of earphones fixed is pointless for $30 earphones.
    24
  • clubsaucekiller
    I see iFixit is still trying to make themselves relevant.
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  • joytech22
    I've heard many saying that although the sound is a big improvement over their last earphones, these are still fairly bad. They look fancy, but perform on-par for their price.

    Nothing special.
    9