The latest ‘Apple In-Ear Headphones’ released by Apple recently includes both a remote and microphone. It has been designed for superior acoustic accuracy, balance and clarity. Unlike ordinary headphones, each earpiece of Apple In-Ear Headphones contains two separate high-performance drivers. Though we haven’t had a chance to test it ourselves, hopefully this means improvement over the original, rather ordinary Apple earphones that came with iPods / iPhones.
They currently cost $79 and from Apple’s official description it seems they’re not suggesting that it would be compatible with the iPhone (however, read the full review from Gizmodo via the link below to see why we think it probably will support it):
The remote and mic are supported only by iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (120GB), and iPod touch (2nd generation). Audio is supported by all iPod models.
Requires software version 1.0.3 for iPod nano (4th generation), 2.0.1 for iPod classic (120GB), and 2.2 for iPod touch (2nd generation).
Here’s the verdict from Gizmodo:
After a history of offering lackluster earbuds, Apple has come through with a product that sounds really good and is reasonably priced, all things considered. The balanced sound and dual drivers makes all the difference in the quality factor. While not necessarily thumpy, the bass has a nice resonance without drowning out many of the high end intricacies found in jazz or electronic music. The midrange audio is relatively flat and doesn’t overpower your ears, which is nice because it allows the high end noises to really stand out, letting you hear things you don’t get from your car or computer speakers.
As far as remote capabilities go, I tested the Apple In-ear headphones with an iPhone 3G and a first gen iPod touch (neither of which are officially supported. As Apple claims, the audio works fine with both devices. Neither the remote or the mic work with the iPod touch 1G at all, merely reducing it to a pair of headphones. On the iPhone 3G, you can’t use the volume. You can still play/pause a song, answer/end a call, change tracks and make use of the microphone. But all of those work perfectly fine on the iPhone.
Overall, the Apple In-Ear Headphones are a quality product at a fairly reasonable price. They sound great, and work as expected. That said, unless you really need a remote on your headphones (or just want to show the world you’re a card-carrying member of the Cult of Apple), there are still a couple of better values out there. Still, Apple’s latest headphone offering is not a bad choice.
For more info and the full review, we recommend visiting Gizmodo for the full review, linke below…