Tuesday, October 09, 2012, 06:52 am PT (09:52 am ET)
EarPods included with Apple's new iPod touch, iPod nano still lack remote and micAs with previous iPods, Apple's newly released fifth-generation iPod touch and seventh-generation iPod nano ship with a special set of headphones that lack integrated controls and do not have a built-in microphone.
The details come from Japanese blog Macotakara, which posted hands-on videos with both the new iPod nano and the new iPod touch. Apple began shipping both devices to customers on Tuesday.
Previously, the iPod touch and iPod nano also shipped with Apple Earphones that lacked the microphone and controls. However, Apple recently redesigned its headphones in the form of the new EarPods, and the unboxing videos posted on Tuesday were the first indication that Apple would make special EarPods for its new iPod lineup.
The new, tweaked EarPods come in a slightly different packaging than is found in the iPhone 5. EarPods that include the remote and microphone come in a reusable plastic case with a cover, while the lesser EarPods included with the new iPods come in more of a temporary packaging without a lid.
In his video demonstration, author "danbo" did show that the integrated microphone found on the full-featured EarPods does work with the iPod nano for recording voice memos. In addition, the volume controls included on the headphones are also compatible with both media players.
On its website, Apple notes in the "Tech Specs" sections for each product that the iPhone 5 ships with "Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic" as well as "storage and travel case," while the iPod touch and iPod nano ship only with "Apple EarPods." In contrast, the iPod shuffle and iPod classic ship with Apple's legacy Earphones.
In addition to the EarPod headphones, the iPod touch ships with the new wrist strap accessory in a color that matches the device itself. It also includes a new Lightning cable for syncing and charging.
The iPod nano does not have a wrist strap accessory, but it does include the basic, button-less EarPods as well as a Lightning cable.
Apple's redesigned EarPod headphones were unveiled by the company last month along with the iPhone 5 and new iPods. The company has said its new headphones have been redesigned for greater comfort and sound quality.
The new EarPods are also available for purchase separately. The $29 EarPods sold by Apple include the remote and mic functionality.
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