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Will we be saying goodbye to rubbish earphones with the iPhone 5?

Those terrible Apple earphones you get with the iPhone? Could be a thing of the past

Got your bag of salt ready? Good. It’s rumoured Apple may be ditching its rubbish earphones in favour of something new, potentially starting with the iPhone 5‘s rumoured September launch.

The purpoted replacements, as you can see in the image found by Vietnamese website Tinhte.tv, are elongated, just as plasticy-looking, more ear-friendly and come in one colour. No prizes for guessing which one.

Before you get too excited about improved sound quality straight out of the box, there are a few things you should know. Tinhte.tv can’t vouch for the authenticity of the new earbuds and they are very different. Knowing Apple likes to drip feed change, the new design seems an unusually sweeping change – so we’re not one hundred per cent sold.

But, it must be argued, the current in-the-box earphones are particularly bad and most of us usually ditch them anyway in favour of a competent third-party offerings. And what a simple way to make the iPhone 5 stand out even more than by giving buyers a little extra in the box?

With only a week and a half allegedly between now and the iPhone 5, the wait to find out what Apple has up its sleeves is unbearably short.

[Tinhte.tv via MacRumours]

UPDATE: Read our iPhone 5 review

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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