Apple AirPods teardown shows the product to be nigh irreparable

Apple AirPods teardown shows the product to be nigh irreparable
Apple AirPods teardown shows the product to be nigh irreparable
Attempting to break open the wireless buds will automatically destroy the electronics within no matter how careful one may be.

iFixit is an excellent source for repair guides on popular consumer electronics from smartphones to gaming consoles. The latest teardown on the highly anticipated Apple AirPods, however, reveal some harrowing choice words for the wireless earbuds: Disposable, inexpensive, and irreparable.

The AirPods have received a final repairability score of zero out of ten from iFixit. Accordingly, attempting to disassemble and access individual components of the earbuds will simultaneously destroy the product. As a result, it is essentially impossible to repair the product partly due to it reliance on glues and adhesives instead of screws.

The source further concludes that the AirPods will become costly disposables in the event of hardware failure or manufacturing defects. Note that the AirPods retail for $69 USD or $49 USD if purchased without a battery pack.

As for wearing the actual earbuds themselves, early reviews say there is little to complain in terms of comfort. YouTube videos are claiming that they remain in place even after daily workout routines or a session of jogging. Other major manufacturers will be introducing wireless earbuds as well including Sony now that smartphones have been slowly dropping the universal 3.5 mm audio jack.

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Allen Ngo, 2016-12-21 (Update: 2016-12-21)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.