Supposedly, according a reliable source, the new iPhone will be shipping with new earphones, similar in style to the new iPod shuffle earphones. As some of you may know, these earphones have the ability to not only control your musics playback but also the volume level, thanks in part to a new chip that Apple has started using in these earphones. Well according to my source, this is only a small glimpse as to what this new chip is capable of doing. When these earphones are used with the next generation iPhone, and in conjunction with the 3.0 software update, these earphones could have a myriad of uses and functions. Some examples would be to use the earphones as a shutter button for your iPhones camera, or perhaps to zoom in and out with the expected video capabilities of the next iPhone. Another feature that I thought was interesting, could be to use the headphones as an additional input device for gaming on the iPhone. Obviously these features are now dormant on the earphones, but Id be willing to guess once the official 3.0 update is released that you might be able to use them with your iPhone 3G and even the first generation iPhone. Only time will tell, keep in mind this is only hearsay so take all this with a grain of salt.