In Short

Jony Ive, Apple's senior vice president of design, created the EarPods headphones after laboriously studying hundreds if not thousands of variations of the human ear. The EarPods are, according to Ive, the closet headphones have come to being a universal fit. That, of course, doesn't guarantee the EarPods will fit you or me or anyone else, but that they'll be an okay fit for most people most of the time. That the EarPods attempt to do this by shape and shape alone rather than with interchangeable buds like Apple's higher-end in-ear headphones should inform you as to the realistic chance you'll love rather than simply endure them.

Jony Ive, Apple's senior vice president of design, created the EarPods headphones after laboriously studying hundreds if not thousands of variations of the human ear. The EarPods are, according to Ive, the closet headphones have come to being a universal fit. That, of course, doesn't guarantee the EarPods will fit you or me or anyone else, but that they'll be an okay fit for most people most of the time. That the EarPods attempt to do this by shape and shape alone rather than with interchangeable buds like Apple's higher-end in-ear headphones should inform you as to the realistic chance you'll love rather than simply endure them.

The EarPods come with a speaker and in-line remote so that you can talk on your iPhone or use FaceTime or similar audio chat apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, as well as control music playback.