Originally Posted by mutabor
Sure, Apple can make cheap IEMs but instead they are making so much effort to stay with earbud form factor. Did you read EarPods description?
"The audio quality is so superior, they rival high-end headphones that cost hundreds of dollars more."
Pretty bold statement. Eh? Either they exaggerate sound quality of their earbuds or Apple engineers are of no good opinion about high-end headphones which cost not a hundred but hundredS of dollars. Or the third conclusion can be that EarPods DO sound like high-end headphones.
Also, one of the reasons why they probably want to stay with an earbud form factor is that earbuds are more comfortable to run with and exersize. And it is very important.
Really? I always find the earbud form factor useless to do anything with, let alone exercise. I mean, they fall out of my ears if I sit down at my computer. Imagine them staying put if I run about or jump around. I don't know. On the subway today I only saw one pair of iBuds, and a plethora of different IEMs and a few supraaurals (AKG K518 and HD25-1 II). This may just be in Sweden, but I can swear that all (most) people say is that iBuds suck when it comes to staying put in the ears, and that most people buy cheapish IEMs instead.
As for their marketing, yeah, I do find a lot of their marketing talk to be complete BS. That concerns a lot of their products, not just earbuds. However, this is really not Apple exclusive as I find most marketing talk to be complete BS regardless if it's Apple or not.
On another note, I went to the follow up interview to present my solution to the problem/task they gave me. All of them were impressed that I had barely done any front-end developing, and one of them really liked my solution and the fact that I was able to finish it and make it work.
They'll have a meeting tomorrow and decide among themselves and the board. I hope I get it, but there may be one little problem that could possibly get in the way. We'll see. I'm positive that if I don't get the job, it won't be because of lack of skills - social or code related.