The Apple in-ear headphones come with a two-piece, clamshell-type carry case that doubles as a signal-cable winding spool. My one concern, though, is that the stylish case is made of injection molded plastic and therefore may not be rugged enough to stand up to daily use (my fear would be that the case could easily crack). Other accessories include a spare pair of mesh caps (which act as dirt guards for the earpieces), plus a small, and again very stylish case for carrying the two pairs of eartips not currently installed on the headphones.
The Apple In-Ear Headphones offer good value for money and a nice blend of sonic virtues that center—as they should—on the headphone’s adroit handling of midrange frequencies. Listeners who are, pardon the pun, plugged-in to Apple’s design ethos will also appreciate the added control/communications functions made possible by the headphone’s cool remote/mic module. If there is any drawback here, it might be that the Apples are good enough to whet your appetite to step up to the next level, seeking those few extra elements of sonic power and refinement that ‘phones in the mid-$100 range have to offer.
Apple dual-armature high performance in-ear headset
Weight: 10.2 grams