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My AirPod Pro’s smell like....


macrumors newbie
Dec 18, 2019
the smell is coming from when the airpods are charging. i did a 24 hour isolation test. took the airpods out of the case and aired them out and also aired out the case (left it open) ... smell went away for both the airpods and also inside of the case ... after i put the airpods back into the case and it started charging again - the smell came back once i opened the case again - so probably something going on with the charging ... and yes i get that fruitty pebbles candle smell too ... smells sweet, but most likely toxic as its nauseating - apple needs to address this issue asap with their supplier
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macrumors G3
Sep 21, 2010
Actually, it's the rubber attachable tips, and they smell like off-gassing plastic, and it really bothers me. I've tried cleaning them with rubbing alcohol and soap and water.

Off-gassing smells should be taken seriously and are indicative of airborne pollutants. They can be VERY toxic!!

"One of the main chemicals used to produce plastics is bisphenol A, or BPA, an endocrine disruptor that is prevalent in a vast number of widely used products, not least of which are plastic food and beverage bottles and the lining of metal cans. Heat, repeated washing, acidity, and alkalinity cause the BPA in plastics to leach into our food and beverages. Further, BPA leaches into our groundwater from all the plastic sitting in landfills. And of course we ingest BPA from all the fish we eat that has previously ingested all that plastic floating around in the ocean.

In one study, the Centers for Disease Control found 95 percent of urine samples contained some amount of BPA. It’s in our blood, our amniotic fluid, our breast milk. Small children are most at risk because they put everything in their mouths, they breathe and drink more, relative to their size, and they excrete waste more slowly."

The plasticizers you are talking about are in plastic and rubber. The tips on AirPod Pros are made from silicone. I'm assuming you are using the Apple ones--aftermarket tips could be made from anything.


macrumors member
Jul 18, 2015
Mine so smelt like straight up sewage. Hoped it would got away, and it did. Do smell that horrid smell from time to time. It’s either going away or I am getting use to it.....


macrumors newbie
Sep 18, 2015
Back in the day when Macintosh first came out they actually did smell like apples when the plastic around the machine was removed
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macrumors newbie
Apr 20, 2018
My airpod pros definitely smell like apples. Like a faint version of cheap apple flavored vodka. The smell is coming from the case. The airpods still smell after charging with the case open but just where the case and earphones are in contact.
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