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It seems like only yesterday that articles were popping up around the web talking about the unavailability of Apple’s new Premium In-Ear Headphones with Mic and Remote due to the product being redesigned. Wait, it was only yesterday. Well, that was then, and this is now, […]

It seems like only yesterday that articles were popping up around the web talking about the unavailability of Apple’s new Premium In-Ear Headphones with Mic and Remote due to the product being redesigned. Wait, it was only yesterday. Well, that was then, and this is now, and the headphones are now available at the Apple Store website, albeit with a shipping time of 7-10 days.

Originally announced at the “Let’s Rock” iPod even in September, and slated for an October ship date, the in-ear headphones are priced at $79. They’re meant to compete with high-end, audiophile-targeted devices from industry leaders like Bose and Shure, but according to some sources, they weren’t achieving that lofty standard, which lead to the extended delay.

The price point is significantly lower than the $200-range of the headsets the Apple-branded earphones are supposed to compete with. And with the inclusion of a built-in mic, without the need for bulky attachments or adapters, they provide a tempting option for users dissatisfied with the headset that ships with the iPhone. Users of the new iPod touch will also be a key target market for Apple, since the portable media player now supports audio input, though there is no mic on the device itself.

7-10 business days puts the new headset firmly in your hands in time for the holidays. The same cannot be said for the far less expensive Apple Earphones with Mic and Remote, which shows a 3-4 week wait for delivery. It’s possible that this is due to higher demand, but it’s also possible that Apple is showing short stock in order to push holiday shoppers towards the more expensive in-ear set. It’d be a risky move, since they’d lose shoppers unwilling to spend the extra $50 on a gift, but enough people might make the jump to make it a shrewd move on Apple’s part.

Oddly, the headset does not seem to be compatible with the iPhone, though it remains to be seen if this is a fact, or an oversight in the documentation.

Let us know if you’re placing an order, and whether you think $79 earphones actually can compete with much more expensive models.

  1. I believe the lack of volume control on the iPhone is hardware-related, and cannot be implemented with a software update.

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  2. The new standard headset is also on the site now with a ship date of 2-4 weeks. This model is probably almost identical to the buds shipping with the iPhone and iPod now, but has volume up/down with the answer button.

    It’s also a much more affordable option if you’re just looking for that convenient volume control :)

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  3. Ordered a pair this morning.
    They will work well enough with my iPhone, according to this Apple KB doc:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3310

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  4. Well, that sucks… I was planning on getting them specifically for the volume buttons… and they don’t work on the iPhone!

    Oh well, guess I’m getting the new Zagg Z-bud headset

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  5. I have a pair of in ear headphones for my, now passed on to a family member, ipod.
    When I use them my girlfriend tells me I shout when speaking, because I can’t hear how loud Im talking.

    So I really want to get them, especially if the volume buttons will work, but imagine being on the iPhone and not being able to hear one self talking.. thus shouting when on the phone.

    Any info on Apple actually solving this?

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  6. I can live without the volume control on them…
    They should add the iPhone to the list of compatible devices on the Store with some note on that.. The way it is now makes it seem like the mic might not even work!

    :)

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  7. [...] thanks to the just released Truphone for iPod touch. The release comes hard on the heels of the official release of the new In-Ear premium headset compatible with the 2G iPod touch, and the timing is probably not [...]

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