AirPods Professional Teardown Reveals How ‘Impractical’ They Are to Restore: iFixit

AirPods Professional debuted earlier this week because the improve to the prevailing AirPods with energetic noise cancellation. Whereas there are important design adjustments within the new AirPods mannequin over what we noticed earlier, they’re as unhealthy as their predecessors in the case of repairability. A teardown performed by iFixit highlights that the AirPods Professional headphones include a “glued-together design” that makes them “impractical” and “uneconomical” to restore. This sounds related not simply to the first-generation AirPods but in addition second-generation, AirPods 2 that have been unveiled again in March.

The teardown by iFixit reveals that there are a number of design adjustments within the AirPods Professional over the sooner AirPods variations. The battery on the brand new mannequin is glued slightly below the earpiece. As an alternative of an extended battery pack, the AirPods Professional embrace a button cell, just like what’s accessible on the Samsung Galaxy Buds. The earbuds additionally embrace a mysterious black rectangle chip that could possibly be the pressure sensor.

Underneath its case, the AirPods Professional have a battery with elevated capability from 1.52Whr to 1.98Whr featured on the sooner mannequin.

Nevertheless, Apple does not underline any adjustments by way of battery life. The brand new mannequin is touted to ship the identical 5 hours of listening time or 4.5 hours with energetic noise cancellation.

The case of the AirPods Professional can also be discovered to be an as “powerful nut to crack” as its predecessors. There are layers of plastic, persist with adhesives.

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AirPods Professional teardown reveals its “powerful nut to crack” design
Photograph Credit score: iFixit

Apple has supplied a liquid-resistant coating on the AirPods Professional case. Beneath the coating, the teardown reveals the presence of Broadcom 59356A2KUBG wi-fi charging module. This is similar module that featured on the AirPods 2.

All this reveals how the Cupertino large has modified the {hardware} on the AirPods Professional. However nonetheless, the headphones are nonetheless fairly exhausting to restore — if to not quote iFixit, impractical and uneconomical. The workforce notes that the design makes them semi-serviceable, however the non-modular, glued-together design convey the strong zero repairability rating on iFixit’s benchmark. That is equivalent to the repairability rating of the unique AirPods and AirPods 2.

The issue in repairing of the AirPods Professional pushes prospects to search for recycle or take part within the “battery service” programme in case in the event that they face any battery points sooner or later.

In an announcement to Lauren Goode of Wired, Apple confirmed that the AirPods Professional are “no extra repairable than earlier variations” of the AirPods.

Having stated that, in the event you’re okay with the shortage of repairability, you possibly can decide the AirPods Professional at $249 within the US. They’re going to additionally hit India “quickly” with a price ticket of Rs. 24,900.


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