The AirPods are probably the most innovative Apple products of the year. After a long, long wait due to manufacturing issues, the wire-free earphones have hit the market. Apart from it’s ridiculous price (I mean, you aren’t even paying for wires), the AirPods sport a similar design to the EarPods and are extremely small and compact, which is the reason why it receive a score of 0 out of 10 on repairably.
What does 0 out of 10 mean? iFixit says that the AirPods are completely unrepairable and are impossible to recycle or dispose away. Basically, those futuristic looking pieces of ear-gear are permanent life-threatening junk.
What does the iFixit teardown reveal? A lot of glue.
And multiple chips, a tiny 93 milliwatt hour battery, and some sensors. One of the larger chips is suggested to be the Apple W1 chip that makes the AirPods crazy simple to pair with all your devices. But the glue and plastic combination makes opening the AirPods for repair impossible without breaking the casing.
While the iFixit score will likely not change your mind on getting the AirPods, they do explain the limitations of having too many things in a compact casing.
So, hey Liam, what are you going to do about the AirPods?
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