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AirPods 2 cannot be Repaired, Teardown reveals if once Damaged, They are actually Useless

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    Apple AirPods 2

    Apple recently released AirPods 2 and it is making headlines all over the Tech world. There are a lot of improvements over the previous AirPods, and the price has increased too.

    They also include the hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ support, a wireless charging case, and the new H1 audio chip. It has improved the performance and connectivity of the earbuds.

    But there is a big issue too, AirPods 2 cannot be repaired, a teardown reveals that they are impossible to repair.

    iFIXIT AirPods 2 Teardown Report

    iFixit AirPods 2 Teardown Report

    iFixit, a popular tech repair company, did a Teardown of the latest model of AirPods 2 and revealed the following conclusions:

    • They are designed in such a way that they cannot be serviced. We cannot access the hardware components without damaging the device.
    • The Sealed-in batteries limit the AirPods’ lifespan, which makes them a consumable/disposable item.
    • The positive part is that the new wireless charging coil has a thermal pad which keep it cool under pressure.

    Comparison with Samsung Galaxy Buds

    AirPods2 vs Samsung Galaxy Buds

    iFixit did a Teardown of the Samsung Galaxy Buds too, and rated it much higher compared to AirPods 2.

    Samsung Galaxy Buds:

    The external assemblies are held together with clips instead of glue. The earbuds use a coin-cell battery, which is easier to repair replace.

    Apple AirPods 2:

    It’s impossible to access the internal hardware component without damaging the device. There is no practical way to repair them, even if we go to a professional repair service.

    iFixit gave a rating of 0/10 to AirPods 2 and 6/10 to Galaxy Buds and for repairability.

    AirPods 2: Price and Specifications

    AirPods 2 Price

    Apple AirPods 2 are currently priced at $159, while the wireless charging case costs extra $40, making the set cost $199. We can also purchase the wireless charging case separately for $79 to use it with older AirPods.

    AirPods 2 feature Apple’s H1 chip, replacing the W1 chip, which makes “Hey Siri” possible.  The H1 Chip also offers a faster and more stable wireless connection.

    Battery: Model is A1596, running at 3.81 V and 398 mAh, for 1.52 Wh.

    Weight: Two AirPods weighing in at 4 g each, with a 40 g charging case

    Dimensions: Each AirPod measures 16.5 mm × 18.0 mm × 40.5 mm while the charging case measures 44.3 mm × 21.3 mm × 53.5 mm.

    Are you planning to buy AirPods 2? Is the upgrade worth the price? Stay tuned to Hiptoro for more updates.

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