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AirPods Pro teardown confirms that they are just as disposable as ever

i fix it has completed its traditional remove the latest AirPods from Apple and, exactly as Apple promised, it's bad news for repairs. The organization has awarded the noise suppressing tops a high fat-free zero recoverability score and noted that their & # 39; non-modular, glued-together design and lack of replacement parts make repair both impractical and uneconomical & # 39 ;. That is the same score as both versions from the original AirPods.

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This means that once the battery in your $ 249 AirPods Pro degrades and eventually runs out, you have no option but to throw them away. When you do that, the best thing you can do is send them back to Apple for recycling knowing that you enjoy the environment a little.


After dismantling, it is almost impossible to reassemble the AirPods Pro.
Image: iFixit

The teardown reveals some interesting details about the design of the earbuds. First, the fact that they are a whole third heavier than the original AirPods, thanks to new features such as active noise reduction and an inward-facing microphone. The teardown also notes that the one user-replaceable part of the earbuds, the silicone ear-tip, uses a custom design that makes them incompatible with third-party models. That said, the popularity of the AirPods is anything but guaranteed that other companies will soon make tips from third parties.

The most intriguing thing is the discovery of a watch-style battery in every earphone. i fix it notes that it is a similar battery as what it found in Samsung & # 39; s Galaxy Buds that could be replaced. However, the same does not apply to the AirPods Pro, whose battery is connected by a soldered cable.


The AirPods Pro uses a watch-style battery, but it is not easy to replace.
Image: iFixit

It is no surprise that the AirPods Pro is a disposable product, made as small and light as possible. And compared to the amount of waste generated by the consumer electronics industry, the environmental impact of every AirPod Pro is likely to be low. But since Apple brags about the amount of renewable energy that its buildings use and the amount of recycled materials it uses in its products, it's a shame to see one of its greatest product successes in recent years remain so disposable.