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Apple's Jonathan Ive collaborates on gold EarPods for charity

09/09, 3:43pm

Auction proceeds to go towards fighting disease

Apple's senior VP of design, Jonathan Ive, has collaborated with U2's Bono and industrial designer Marc Newson on a special set of EarPods for a charity auction. The set is plated in 18-karat solid rose gold, and will offered as part of the (RED) Auction, meant to benefit the Global Fund to fight AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.

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Hands on: SPRNG clip for Apple EarPods

08/23, 6:20am

SPRNG clip promises to enhance comfort for Apple EarPod users

Canadian company SPRNG has recently begun shipping its SPRNG clip for Apple EarPods. Although Apple says that the EarPods are designed to sit just outside the ear canal and stay there on their own, some users complain that they can move around or fall out when on the move or when jogging in particular. The SPRNG clip promises to end those issues if you're experiencing them by adding a stabilizing, flexible strut to the EarPods that sits in under the antihelix of a user's ear -- so do they work as promised and is the $10 asking price worth it?

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Hearing-aid company sues Apple over 'EarPod' trademark

04/02, 2:57pm

Apple owns US trademark on 'EarPod,' plaintiff owns 'HearPod'

A company that makes digital hearing aids with the trademark name "HearPod" is suing Apple over its "EarPods" trademark, claiming infringement. Filed in Hawaii, the "HearPod" trademark was originally issued in 2007, five years before Apple introduced its EarPods headphones. Oddly, Randolph Divisions is suing for infringement rather than claiming any harm from consumer confusion between the two similar-sounding brands. Apple owns the US trademarks for both "EarPods" and "Apple EarPods," but Randolph Divisions owns the "earpods.com" domain name.

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EarPods teardown shows paper cones, more durability

09/18, 5:11pm

Apple upgrades default audio for mobile devices

A new iFixit teardown has exposed some of the inner workings of Apple's new EarPods. The product notably uses paper cones, a first for any set of Apple headphones. The earbuds Apple previously included with mobile devices relied on plastic cones, in theory hurting sound quality.

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Apple videos for new Earpods, iPods hit YouTube

09/13, 3:00am

Mini-documentary reveals design process in headphones

Two of the videos shown during the two-hour iPhone 5 and iPod rollout on Wednesday have found their way to YouTube through unofficial channels. In addition to a new ad for the iPod line -- the first in years -- there is also a mini-documentary around the making of the new EarPod headphones, narrated by Apple's SVP of Design, Sir Jonathan Ive. In it, Ive details the process that went into making what he calls the "impossible" task of creating a single set of headphones that would fit nearly anybody.

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Apple shows off EarPods, redesigned headphones

09/12, 2:50pm

Earbuds 'designed to direct sound into the ear'

Alongside its new iPhone and other iOS products, Apple has unveiled today a redesign of its signature white earbuds. Dubbed "EarPods," the new headphones are said by Apple to have spent the past three years in the design and development process. Apple has designed the new earbuds so that they will fit everyone, according to Apple design guru Jon Ive.

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