New AirPods Pro Teardown Reveals That They Are a Nightmare to Take Apart; Can Only Be Replaced, Not Repaired

Oct 31, 2019
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If by chance, you want to attempt a repair on Apple’s $249-priced AirPods Pro, we highly recommend checking out the latest disassembly done by iFixit. In the latest ‘step by step’ AirPods Pro teardown, the experts show that you’ll have a headache in attempting such a repair if such a thing is even possible.

Additional AirPods Pro Teardown Details Reveal That Nearly All Components Are Stuck Together by Adhesive, Making Repairs Next to Impossible

Perhaps the only thing replaceable in the latest AirPods Pro teardown process are those $4 proprietary silicone tips which help to provide a tight seal and deliver noise cancellation. As far as everything else goes, it’s the same story as the standard AirPods; near impossible to repair, even by the experts and replacement looks to be the only choice the user has in case something happens to them. Still, there was some new information from this teardown that we’d like to share with our readers.

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Further digging into the AirPods Pro teardown process shows that each AirPod Pro bud weighs 5.4 grams, making it significantly heavier than a normal AirPod. The same thing carries over to the Wireless Charging Chase, which weighs in at 45.6 grams, while the original case weighs 38 grams. An interesting development found was the fact that the new AirPods Pro feature a button-cell-style battery. Theoretically, it’s possible to replace these, but then again, you’ll run into yet another roadblock; it’s stuck to the other components using adhesive, so while you can obtain access to the battery, you’ll probably be wreaking havoc on other components along the way.

iFixit has provided its final thoughts below, summarizing the ordeal that was the AirPods Pro teardown.

“While theoretically semi-serviceable, the non-modular, glued-together design and lack of replacement parts makes repair both impractical and uneconomical.”

In case you happen to break yours and need a replacement, keep in mind that each AirPod Pro will cost you $89 (same price for the Wireless Charging Case replacement), so unless you buy AppleCare+ for $29, you may have to cough up more cash in the near future.

Since the AirPods Pro teardown also shows these are just as difficult to repair as the regular ones, it should make your purchase decision a lot simpler if you want to gain a better and isolated audio experience. To get the most out of your hard-earned money, we highly recommend checking out our detailed comparison to see whether the AirPods Pro or standard AirPods would be best suited for you.

Source: iFixit

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