The Apple AirPods is available right now for purchase, and many are going out to get a pair for Christmas. However, one should keep in mind that the AirPods are not the best when it comes down to reparability, so taking care of them and not allowing them to break is a must.
We say this because the folks at iFixit decided to teardown the AirPods to see what's inside and whether or not it can be repaired. As it stands, the AirPods' reparability is just as we've expected because should we look back at history, most Apple products profiled on iFixit tend to be almost difficult to repair.
Apple Rushed AirPods To Market
According to iFixit, the AirPods are poorly constructed and almost impossible to repair. This thing can't even be recycled, something that should go against everything Apple stands for. The publication went on to add that there is evidence that suggest the product was rushed.
This is due to the voids found in the soldering, a flaw that is not a huge problem in its own right, but still something Steve Jobs would have never allowed in the first place if he was still alive.
"As we begin to pull out the boards, cables, and other bits, we're reminded of a certain wearable repair nightmare. If jamming complex components into a small form factor and sealing it with a copious amount of glue were a game, Apple would be winning ... What remains in the earbud is a hot mess of cables and adhesive," says iFixit.
The Reparability Score
Here's the thing, how many times has iFixit ever given a product a reparability score of zero? Not many, but the Apple AirPod managed to grab that score regardless. The website basically says the AirPods are disposable, and it's not even financially viable to harvest the parts, even if you could.
There are no redeeming features here, and that only make things worse. Still, iPhone 7 users have the option to bypass this whole thing by getting a 3.5 mm adapter and use their regular headphones instead.
If you're out looking for the best headphones, then look no further than our headphone buying guide. Yes, we know a little something about headphones, so trust us a bit. Also, there's a new malware out there that can let hackers listen in on your conversations via your headphones.