Apple seems to be ready to give a next-gen design to its earbuds and headsets. According a new patent filed by the company, they could use a process called ultrasonic bonding to give their earbuds a seamless unibody structure. It sounds like a new change to be brought in the design of accessories that come with Apple products. There are also rumors that the Macbook and iPhone too may come with a unibody design in the future.
It will not be completely a unibody design though. According to the patent different components will be welded together, the weld will later be polished to remove any visible signs of it. Another patent filed describes the way to build plastic objects in the shape of a cap of an earbud. Apple notes that creating holes in the earbuds results in remnants that affect the appearance and qualtiy of sound. The solution proposed is to use an abrasive material of the shape of the earbuds cap and vibrating it after fitting it on to the cap.
Apple's earphones are not supposed to last very long given to their fragile structure. You intend to lose their once your push the jack too hard banging your head while listening to music or crushing them under your feet in case you intend to throw them here and there. The new design would help your set of your earphones last longer and would also make them look more "sexy". Though we have no idea how long it would take Apple to imbibe the new design on its products.