Just over a decade ago, the white earbuds were a fashion statement thanks to the silhouette iPod ads. Now in 2012 the once popular white earbuds are a sign of being cheap for not buying better headphones. Apple seems to finally realize this with their most recent patent for a unibody earbud design which may be included with the upcoming iPhone 5s.
Although the new earbuds may not look that different, Apple believes that the poor sound quality from their earbuds is because of all of the components floating around in them. They plan to address this by making the buds appear to have a unibody look by using an ultrasonic bonding method and also by “deburring” the holes for the headphones.
I’m not wholly convinced that the design of the headphones is what’s causing the poor sound quality since there are similar earbuds on the market which sound a lot better. But since I know very little about acoustics, I’ll have to hold my real opinion until I try out the new earbuds.