Line/Gap on AirPod

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by SethBoy, Dec 25, 2016.

  1. SethBoy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2007

    The lines on my AirPods seem to be very prominent at certain points, and they seem to be trapping dirt after a week of usage. It's more obvious on the left AirPod in this photo.

    Anyone's AirPods are like that too, or did I get a poorly manufactured one?
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Another forum member posted on this, about how the adhesive doesn't seem fully sealed all the way through.

    You can easily return them for an exchange. Assuming Apple has the available stock.
  3. EdisEdward macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2013
    I posted about this a few days ago. I have same issue. Bunch of smartasses responded and said i cant see it when these are in my ears so I shouldn't care lmao. They obviously don't know anything about apple's design philosophy and how Jobs was adamant about everything being perfect despite no one ever seeing the inside of a product etc.

    Anywho, the lines are capturing dust and debris on mine too. I will return mine. I placed an order for another one. Let me know if you are able to exchange in the store. Maybe they have separate stock for repairs and exchanges
  4. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    I have them on mine but I'll wait for a bit before a return. They are working fine.
  5. blaine07 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2014
    Yeah I have that line on mine. Working fine but have saw many videos and pics of sets without. Definitely concerns me
  6. Fynd macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    My left AirPod is awful. I'll be calling tomorrow for a replacement. The seams are very obvious, almost like it's not fully joined.

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  7. Fynd macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    Just a little bump. Curious if anyone else has this as bad as mine are.
  8. blaine07 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2014
    Saw in a post somewhere around here where the line was scratching inside of someone's ear raw. Really worries me as my right pod is worst of the two, although both have very visible seams. Coincidentally enough the right pod really seems to irritate that ear. Left pod has visible seem but not as bad and it doesn't irritate ear. Right one always feels like it's "digging" into my ear.

    What is the easiest way to exchange these. My local store has no stock and I bought online from Best Buy.

    I'll try to get pics of mine in a bit.
  9. Bromeo macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2015
    Near Seattle
    My wired EarPods that came with my old iPhone 6 have this same seam join misalignment, although to a somewhat lesser degree.
  10. Phone Junky macrumors 65816

    Phone Junky

    Oct 29, 2011
    Sunshine State
    I'm one of the "smartasses". Here's a pic of one of my AirPods with the line/gap. It doesn't affect the usage and like I said, you can't see it in your ear so who cares. Good luck looking for perfection while I'm enjoying my AirPods. By the way, my wired EarPods have the same thing.
  11. kmichalec macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2010
    This thread puzzles me. People saying others shouldn't be concerned about widening gaps in the seam. Do none of you exercise with these things? A gap in between the plastic is a flaw which can cause sweat to get into the seam and damage the electronics. Sure they work fine now. But for how long if you regularly work out with them? Mine are starting to do the same, and the seams are starting to get dirty from working out.

    I think it's an absolutely valid concern. Especially Fynd's example. Those are bad. I'd take them back to apple for an exchange.

    If you're happy with yours, great. Save your comments. But if you have the same concern as others, then this is the place to discuss.
  12. Mxdanger, Jan 4, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2018

    Mxdanger macrumors newbie


    Sep 16, 2017
    California, United States
    Here are my AirPods that I've owned and delicately cared for. I have owned these for only 1 day and that's basically what they looked like straight out of the box. They are very uncomfortable as I always get a pain in my ears like a pinch after wearing them for 20 minutes. Is very frustrating that first of all, they were out of stock in the time before and after Christmas, they just don't look like they are done right, and its crazy how expensive they are and they can get a seal right.
  13. mjwriter16 macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2019
    Yeah that's exactly what happened to me. After about a week or so, the seam was slowly becoming misaligned and it got to the point where I could not physically put them in out of actual pain in my ears. It didn't cause scarring but there were legitimate marks/scratches left behind.

    I had them replaced immediately in the store and it's taken a bit of time for me to even put these new ones in as the pain is still lingering as they heal. If it happens again, I'll go in and ask for another replacement and find out what they're going to do if this happens again. Hope this helps lol.
  14. Soledreamz macrumors member


    Sep 9, 2016
    Mine look the exact same way ‍♂️
  15. appleme2019 macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2019
    I was wondering if you can return the airpods at anytime during your 1 year warranty and in any location?
  16. westislander macrumors member


    Aug 17, 2011
    Montreal, Quebec Canada
    You can't return them for a refund/exchange/store credit if that's what you're asking but you can replace a defective part under AppleCare within the first year of purchase at any Apple Store.

    You can only return them for a refund within the first 14 days.
  17. uscgrad macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2017
    That's horrendous. The teardown that ifixit did a while back showed how badly constructed the case was so this isn't exactly surprising. Still, I love mine.

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