The human ear is so unique. No two are alike. Making one headphone to fit everbody’s ears would be like trying to make one pair of shoes to fit everybody’s feet.

I mean, it’s impossible.

But that's exactly what we've tried to do with the new EarPods. Everything about their design is focused on delivering incredible sound and comfort. As part of an exhaustive research and development effort, we three-dimensionally scanned hundreds of ears and looked for a commonality. From that, we were able to determine a common volume. This was our starting point to developing a form to fit a broad range of ears.

The shape of the EarPod is actually defined by the geometry of your ear, they raise comfort in your ears, but they don't create a seal the way other in-ear headphones do.

EarPods to design unintentionally series with unique purpose.

To optimize the acoustics, we've built in a series of ports, each with its own unique purpose.A port in the back tunes midrange frequencies and provides a consistent listening experience from one person to the next. To provide rich, powerful bass, we've built ports into the stem that actually work in sympathy with the speaker. By letting airflow in and out of the acoustic chamber, they relieve pressure and allow the speaker to allow more freely, producing greater, low-frequency sound.

Sound is so important to the way you experience an Apple product. So we wanted to make a headphone that was absolutely the very best it could be.