Apple earbuds: The company patents a redesign for its standard earbuds.

New Design Patent May Ensure Apple's Earbuds Stop Falling Out of Your Ears

New Design Patent May Ensure Apple's Earbuds Stop Falling Out of Your Ears

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July 28 2015 4:01 PM

New Design Patent May Ensure Apple's Earbuds Stop Falling Out of Your Ears

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Apple's default earbuds are pretty much the scourge of humanity.

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Apple patented a design for earbuds that don't fall out of your ears if you try to do some exercise last year. The patent describes an earpiece with a bendy outer section that forms to fit the user's ear.

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This wasn't particularly revolutionary when it comes to earbud design in general, but it is a step away from the hard earpieces Apple gives you when you buy its products. They have a tendency to bounce out of your ear if you do anything more strenuous than walking or sitting down, and they can get really uncomfortable after a while.

While we can't say for certain whether the patent relates to this exact model, Apple has been selling versions like this for a while now.

The pliant outer section attaches to the top of the hard earpiece housing:

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Then folds back over to cover it:

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Here's how that would look on the inside, with uncomfortable bits of plastic nicely covered:

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The patent pointed out that these earbuds could connect to a device wirelessly or with a cable.