Apple's latest headphones have been broken down to identify what's new, different and improved.
Apple's latest pack-in headphones, the EarPods.
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Gadget repair and teardown site iFixit has just finished giving Apple's latest earbuds the business, and has said that the redesign has made the accessory more durable than previous iterations.
In a 12-step teardown, posted yesterday, the site found Apple's new headphones to be as different on the inside as out. That includes the re-worked earbuds themselves, which now use a paper cone (no longer metal), along with the beefier remote enclosure.
iFixit said that the redesign has improved the seal around the remote, which keeps water damage at bay. It has also been given new strain-relief padding around the edges to keep the cable from splitting and exposing the internal wires.
The innards of Apple's new EarPods.
Despite the additions, iFixit said that the EarPods are still a disposable product, and not one that can be fixed if there's a problem later down the line.
"Sourcing parts is next to impossible, and it would be a tough sell to convince someone to take apart their earbuds instead of buying a new pair," the site said. "They will never be the same once taken apart."
Apple debuted the AU$35 EarPods at last week's iPhone 5 unveiling. The headphones, which Apple said took three years to develop, are included with the new iPhone. Apple also plans to ship them with its latest iPod Nano and Touch models, which will debut next month.