Apple’s EarPods are white in-ear headphones included with some Apple devices or sold separately. They are designed to fit the ear better than older versions and are sold along with iPod Touch products.
Described as “revolutionary” at the time of their release, EarPods certainly do embody a unique aesthetic image. But, Apple’s reinvention of the earbud has also drawn criticisms of functionality, for example, a lack of rubber earpieces. Read on for a comprehensive list of little details you should look for before you buy from an unofficial Apple reseller.
Buying headphones online is simply a minefield. Frankly, unless you know the source, buying anything online comes with a potential risk.
There are so many fakes, copies, and knock-offs of Apple EarPods—especially for one of the most popular earbud sets on the market. However, even the best earphones can be fragile, so that you may be looking for a backup pair. If you research online shopping sites, you will see plenty of merchants selling the EarPods. The thing is, it can be hard to identify differences between real and fake EarPods.
So, we want you to be sure you know what you’re getting before you buy. Here goes the full list—keep an eye out for these differences!
11 Clues to Help You Identify Real Apple Earpods from Fake Apple Earpods
The first thing that you should notice when shopping for Apple EarPods is the price. Generally, the original Apple EarPods are more expensive than the fake versions manufactured by third parties.
As soon as you get your hands on these, you should have absolutely no doubt that this is a genuine Apple product. There are some obvious signs of knock-off EarPods:
- An Apple Logo should be carved on the backside of the casing.
- Marks or defects in the plastic should not be visible as a result of machining.
- The casing box should be correctly fitted.
The genuine EarPods casing has the Apple logo on it. Furthermore, the genuine plastic EarPods casing/box’s quality should be made from high-quality plastic and should have a smooth finish. If you observe any hint of an uneven or rough surface, then you can be sure that a third party made the “EarPods.”
3. EarPods Color:
This could be the easiest way to differentiate real EarPods from fake ones. You have to keep in mind that the original Apple EarPods are available only in the color white. So, if you find any color differences, then they are made by a third party. Read on for more about the mechanical aspects of real EarPods.
4. Build Quality:
If you closely observe the in-ear piece’s construction, note that real EarPods are made in two parts and join together without any excess plastic or roughness. Also, third-party EarPods are made in three parts and are joined roughly. Moreover, the fake ones will weigh less than the real ones. Genuine ones will feel sturdier, better made, and slightly heavier (due to a premium build quality).
5. Ear Fitting:
The Original Apple EarPods provide you with the best fitting. It should fit neatly in your ear cavity and not pop out on its own. Fake EarPods tend to have a cheap design that doesn’t fit snugly in your ears.
6. Remote Control or Volume Control +/- Imprint Color:
This factor is pretty difficult to differentiate unless you have a set of both original and fake EarPods with you. The color of the volume +/- buttons on the Apple certified EarPods remote control is a dim grey color. However, if you notice that the color is slightly darker than that, then it is likely a fake EarPod set.
7. Trademark Text Imprint On The Wire:
If you check the wires of your EarPods between the audio jack and the remote control, you may see at some point that there is a trademark text imprint on the wire. This should read, “Designed by Apple in California.” If you can’t find any trademark text imprint on your EarPods, then you have fake or third-party EarPods.
8. Sound Quality:
The Apple EarPods are designed to provide you with the best listening experience through the earphone design. The new design ensures that you get deeper lows and crisper highs while listening to music. If you experience poor quality or anything less than pristine, you should know that you have fake ones.
9. The Bass Holes in the EarPod:
The OEM EarPods will conduct an airflow to the bass holes at the bottom, which is the design for better bass quality. If you cover these holes with your fingers, less bass can be heard. For fake ones, the “bass holes” are just for decorative purposes.
10. Microphone Quality:
This factor is also one of the harder features to spot in fake EarPods. For this, you have to connect your EarPods to your iPhone, call your friend, and ask them if they can hear your voice loud and clear and without any disturbance or unwanted noise. Usually, people don’t pay attention to this while checking their EarPods.
- The grille of the original EarPods has a sleek finish, while in the fakes, the grille is visibly of inferior quality.
- The original wiring is soft and does not hold its shape if you bend it. In contrast, in fakes, the cable is more rigid and often snaps back to its original shape if folded.
That’s all you need to know before you purchase brand new EarPods from any accessory shop or an unofficial Apple reseller.
This list covered the differences between real and fake Apple EarPods. If you find any other differences other than those mentioned above, let us know in the comments below.
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