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When Steve Jobs announced the iPad a few years ago, it took most people by surprise, although Apple has had a hard time keeping a lid on other upcoming launches. This week, Apple was not remotely close to keeping the new iPad Mini a secret, with many blogs reporting leaked mockups and blurry photos over the weeks leading up to yesterday’s event, during which the much-heralded device was, in fact, announced, along with the iPad 4, new iMacs, and new MacBooks.
Many iPod and iPhone owners — even the ones who don’t know what a CNET is — are quick to upgrade the flat-sounding earbuds that come with most devices. Apple seemed determined to leave this legacy behind when it unveiled the new EarPods to much fanfare at its iPhone 5 event last week. So this morning, I bought a pair of stock Apple headphones, on purpose. Do these EarPods live up to Apple levels of hype?