AirPods Pro Teardown: Heavier Than Original AirPods, Different Battery, Same Zero Repairability Score. Today iFixit shared a teardown of the new $249 AirPods Pro. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the organization awarded Apple’s latest wireless earphones the same zero repairability score as both versions of original AirPods.
Apart from the replaceable $4-a-pair proprietary silicone tips that provide soundproof and enhanced fit on the AirPods Pro. It’s the same story as Apple’s previous generation AirPods as far as repairs go. But there were a few new tidbits of data that the disassembly did reveal.
In terms of weight, each AirPod Pro bud comes in at 0.19 oz (5.4 g). They are fully a third heavier than the prior version AirPod earbuds. The new charging case is also notably bulky. Weighing 1.61 oz (45.6 g), compared to the original case’s 1.34 oz (38 g).
iFixit also discovered a 1.98 Wh watch-style button cell battery inside each AirPod. Replacing the pin-type battery found in the original AirPods. iFixit notes that this could be the same battery found in Samsung’s Galaxy Buds. Those are replaceable, but Apple has hitched the battery to a soldered cable, so AirPods customers will have no such luck.
As noted by iFixit:
Apple confirmed on Wednesday that the new AirPods Pro is no more repairable than previous versions of the wireless earbuds because of their size and build process.
For its part, however, iFixit believes Apple could theoretically replace the in-ear portion of the earbuds and re-use the original stems – which include the System on Package (SiP), antennas, microphones, and Force sensor – but the company has chosen not to do so, for whatever reason. iFixit’s teardown concludes:
While theoretically semi-serviceable, the non-modular, glued-together design and lack of replacement parts makes repair both impractical and uneconomical.
From a customer perspective, this means that once the battery dies in the AirPods Pro, it will need to be completely replaced. The left and right AirPod cost $89 each to replace in the United States, totaling $178 for a pair.
However, the fees are lower if a customer has purchased AppleCare+ for Headphones. The plan costs $29 upfront, plus charges a $29 fee to replace a pair of damaged AirPods Pro or their case. This coverage applies for up to two years from the date AppleCare+ is purchased and is limited to two incidents.
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