Another thing, the iFixit team is not the authority on how to take things apart properly. About 10 years ago when I repair Nintendo DS Lite systems, it took me 3-4 cycles (taking the whole thing apart and putting it back together) to fully understand and learn the best way to remove certain items without breaking anything. Do you think the iFixit team will waste 3-4 AirPods to learn how to take them apart properly? They sell simple tools. Not professional tools.
An example for having professional tools is replacing cracked touchscreens that are fused to the LCD. When they first came out, iFixit said it was nearly impossible to separate the touchscreen glass and LCD, and that they will need to be replaced together. But with the right equipment and skills, a technician can replace your cracked touchscreen in about 30 minutes. Plenty of YouTube videos if you're curious.
If the need ever arises, people will figure out a way to take them apart without breaking them to replace the battery. It will likely take a few tries and some trail and error but it will happen.
This is click bait. Show me ANY earbud that is "fixable" by the average user? Even if you can take one apart without breaking anything, there is a good chance you won't find the right replaceable parts.
Some things just aren't meant for "repair" by the average user or anyone. If they designed it to be repairable, it would probably not look very nice and be much more bulky.
Are you serious?
They just said that only Apple can repair these and that you can not replace stuff yourself. This is important for the lifetime of a product. What happens if Apple no longer supports their headphones? You can not repair it. The battery will be dead after some time and their product useless. Forgotten.
Emerax, 20 Dec 2016is not about fixing them, it was determined that microcontrollers inside the charging case app... moreAppears to... you may have to ... all baseless statements. Ifixit isn't an engineering firm. They are just tool makers looking for clicks.
Someone Else, 21 Dec 2016The only reason iFixit is doing a teardwon of the AirPods is for the clicks and money. No one... moreThis. Also consider ifixit main business is to sell repair tools, useless in this case. They are a joke of a website
apo, 22 Dec 2016when did we start caring about fixing earphones?Oh, every time they want to bash Apple on something...
The AirPods received universally positive reviews, but this article tried to put a bad light on it nevertheless, questioning repairability (ridiculous!) and even durability...
Anonymous, 20 Dec 2016Lenovo/Motorola already did the loss of 3.5mm jack on Android, before Apple. (See: Moto Z).
... moreProblem is Apple has said that they are official items which are at a premium cost and for this reason they are at this moment a liability as well as a problem.
Avoid Apple at all costs, they're simply an issue.
So they are rushed...
Never buy 1st gen Apple products, always go for the second gen because 1st gen has flaws, is always rushed and mostly has worse quality.
AnonD-113455, 20 Dec 2016Made in China, pass.And that's why Trumd wants to bring apple factories to USA. lol
I'd rather buy a nice pair of bluetooth earphones/headphones than buying that. The design alone sucks.
AnonD-113455, 20 Dec 2016Made in China, pass.so basically just pass on 90% things u currently use. even the industry top notch Macbook is made is Suzhou, China
Anonymous, 21 Dec 2016Haha what about Samsung's iconX? No one bothers to tear it down i guess. Isn't that what an... moreThe only reason iFixit is doing a teardwon of the AirPods is for the clicks and money. No one in the right mind would ever fix their wireless earphones. iFixit just wanted media attention.