iFixIt slams Apple's AirPods as "low quality," unrepairable, and unrecyclable

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Djilkosh, Dec 20, 2016.

  1. Djilkosh macrumors regular

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    This is... I don't have words...

    iFixIt's beef with Apple's new personal audio gadget centers around three basic critiques: AirPods aren't especially well-made in some regards, they are functionally impossible to repair (even to replace a battery), and there is no way anyone will attempt to recycle them. These headphones, as a reminder, cost $160.

    To point one, iFixIt heads to the X-ray machine, where it finds extensive evidence of "voiding" in the solder of the headphones' primary chipset. iFixIt claims this probably evidence of low quality standards in production and possible of a rushed product release. Given AirPods' release delay, this seems far from implausible. While solder voids are not necessarily in and of themselves a problem, iFixIt's underlying message is that it just doesn't know the kind of attention to high manufacturing standards one would expect from Apple.

    The second major criticism comes in repairability. iFixIt rates the AirPods as a zero out of ten - functionally unrepairable. This is because you literally have to destroy the AirPod casing to access the internals, which are themselves variously taped, glued, and welded together into, well, let me just give iFixIt the mic for a moment:




    https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/AirPods+Teardown/75578
     
  2. Hooterville macrumors 6502a

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  3. Applefan4515 macrumors regular

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    Seeing as how I didn't even know that headphones were repairable...this means nothing to me. My AirPods work. They work well. That's what matters to me. And if/when they break, depending on how long they last and how they break, I will replace them with another pair instead of whining that I can't open them up and fix them.
     
  4. Macalway macrumors 68020

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    It's like they perform this service, and find the need to express their neurosis while they have you present.
     
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Yes, exactly. Is there any earphones from any manufacturer that is repairable? That can be taken apart without destroying the encasing? If you know of one, please provide link. If not, this is not news.
     
  6. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    I saw that article earlier and did not even bother posting it to tell the truth.
     
  7. chriscrowlee Suspended

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    Honey, I'll be home late tonight.. I'm taking my earbuds in for service.

    WTF, seriously people?
     
  8. MathersMahmood macrumors 6502

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    Pardon my language. But I am pissed off with Apple now. My iPhone 7 Plus issues. Now my AirPods Quality issues. And then they just won't stop charging in the case even when they're full!

    Come on Apple. You're better than this!
     
  9. Applefan4515 macrumors regular

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    Their always on correct? It's probably something like how the MacBooks charge. Or at least how they use to charge, I'm not sure if they still do this on the new ones...you plug them in, they charge until their full, at 100%, then they stop charging. Over time, even with the computer off, the battery drains and once it gets below 95%, it starts charging again. Maybe it's the same thing going on here?
     
  10. MathersMahmood macrumors 6502

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    That's what I think but some people aren't getting the battery drain. Mine droppped from 50 to 30 percent within 30 mins.
     
  11. Applefan4515 macrumors regular

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    I'd be concerned with that too....do try to remember though, that anything and everything is going to have its lemons. Keep an eye on it for a bit, and worse comes to worse contact Apple for replacements.
     
  12. MathersMahmood macrumors 6502

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    I know but this year I have had nothing but bad luck with Apple products and it never used to be like that.
     
  13. Applefan4515 macrumors regular

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    I will agree with that. It does seem that Apple is slacking. Hell, even though I went out and got it 2 days after release day, I laughed at the iPhone 7 when it was unveiled. Something about the 7 doesn't quite seem right to me either...like the build quality just isn't there....seems like the screen and casing aren't as durable as the 6/6s series. But that's another forum lol.
     
  14. MathersMahmood macrumors 6502

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    At least I'm not the only one that thinks this lol
     
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    I've repaired my 4 year old LG Tone.headphone 3 times now. It's possible.
     
  17. sinsin07 macrumors 68030

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    Is there a teardown from iFixit on Samsung IConX, Jabra Elite Sport, Earin or any of the other wireless earbuds?
     
  18. cube macrumors G5

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    I have some wooden earphones where the casing is in two parts joined by a plastic or rubber ring.
     
  19. sinsin07 macrumors 68030

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    Very interesting however that is anecdotal, really not proof.
     
  20. ibookg409 Suspended

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    Proof of what?
     
  21. sinsin07 macrumors 68030

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    Your mentioned fixing your headphones 3 times.
    You used that example to say something is possible.
    Your anecdotal experience is not proof something is possible.
    This is the internet.
    People can say anything, and often do.
    What is required to say something is possible is a credible third party verifiably source.
     
  22. ibookg409 Suspended

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    I'll post picks tomorrow of me resoldering new earbuds to the PCB of the Tone Bluetooth headphones. It's. It hard to do. Maintenance and repair would be hard on the AirPods.
     
  23. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    I've learned that iFixit slams anything they can't make money off of fixing.
     
  24. Bromeo macrumors regular

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    What if a product is designed to have above average durability even if at the expense of repairability? Perhaps this is a net win.
     
  25. Djilkosh thread starter macrumors regular

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    The thing is that if you can repair something, then you have profit. Just tell me. Is it better to buy another headphones for 160$ or to have chance to repair it for 20-30$?

    This is Apple thing. You can't repair it, but you can buy new one for 150$.
     

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