Along with the next generation iPhone, we will be getting redesigned headphones. At least that’s what Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn is claiming. Along with the video above, the site claims the new headphones are manufactured in Vietnam, in a Foxconn plant.
Here’s a translation of the video, which compares the iPhone 4S headphones to these new leaked ones:
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. 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 – not like 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 – not like 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 wires): “Designed by Apple in California, assembled in Vietnam.”
The site seems throughly convinced that the headphones are an authentic Apple part, and seeing as how they have been able to get their hands on Apple prototypes in the past, the video has some credibility to it.
All factors such as design, quality finishing materials fabricated wire, plastic body headphones are led to the conclusion this is genuine and not counterfeit headphones.
Apple announced they are holding a media event on September 12th, where it is all but confirmed they will be introducing the new iPhone. Whether we see these new headphones or not is yet to be seen.