After a long delay, Apple’s AirPods have finally gone on sale in select countries. As is the norm these days, most new gadgets are torn down to bits to reveal what lies inside, but more importantly, how easy they are to repair. The team at iFixit tore down the AirPods, but gave their lowest ever score for repairability. Fortunately though, the AirPods were also put through a series of torture tests, and they managed to survive. Also Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000Also Read - Apple releases important iOS 14.7.1 update: iPhone users must download it right now
The teardown reveals that the AirPods are a confusing, glued-together mess of solder and wires. “Like children, we cried a little when we opened the box: the inside is a series of little boards, interconnected by origami-folded ribbon cables, soldered together into one hot mess. And the charging case isn t any better. All in all, accessing any component including the batteries in the case and in the Pods is impossible without total destruction, the iFixit team says. It is little wonder then the AirPods score an unflattering 0/10 in reparability scale, or in other words, if something goes wrong there is no option but to ask Apple for a replacement. In the US, you can get an individual AirPod replacement for $69 (Rs 4,700 approximately). Also Read - iPhone SE gets cheaper on Flipkart only for today: Get over Rs 11,000 flat discount
The team also used x-ray to look into the internals of the AirPod charging case, and may have found what could be the reason for these earpods to be delayed. The team found ‘quality issues’ within the chip’s solder joints, as well as empty spaces called ‘voiding’. These “could be evidence of low quality standards, or a rushed product release,” the iFixit team says.
Though the teardown paints a bleak picture for the AirPods when it comes to their reparability, it’s not all bad. While Apple doesn’t clearly say if the AirPods are waterproof, the earbuds have excelled in water tests. The earbuds were put in a washing machine in a 30-minute wash cycle, and incredibly they survived and were able to immediately start playing music. Both the case and the earbuds were also submerged in a foot of water, and surprisingly they continued playing music underwater.
Lastly, the AirPods were also subject to a drop test, and they continued to function even after being dropped from a height of 10 feet. Looking at the video, it is clear that the AirPods are built to last, so you won’t worry about carefully handling them. What you do need to be careful of is not to misplace them somewhere. ALSO READ: These wireless earbuds by Crazybaby will give Apple s AirPods a run for their money