APPLE'S WIRELESS hairdryers have had a bit of a drubbing on iFixit this week, as researchers branded them virtually unrepairable.
The AirPods, which have already come under fire for costing £65 to replace when losing them is almost built into the design are, according to iFixit, poorly constructed, almost impossible to repair and unrecyclable. Ouch.
The site goes on to suggest that there is evidence of the product being rushed out, something which marries with its late arrival.
Voids were spotted in the soldering, which suggest a rush job and although not necessarily problematic in its own right, is something that Jobs would have had kittens over.
The repairability score for the AirPods is a big, fat steaming zero. Yes. Zero. It's based on the fact that iFixit has to literally destroy the casing in order to get to any components. To quote themselves,
"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,"
It goes on to describe the Airpod as "essentially disposable" explaining that it wouldn't even be financially viable to harvest the parts if you could.
IFixit, by its own admission, rarely gives a zero, and the fact that there are no redeeming features in the construction of the AirPods is especially worrying, given the decision to remove the standard headphone jack from the iPhone 7.
In its conclusion, the team also points out the shonkiness of relying on glue as your main adhesive in electronics. All in all, it suggests that this was a product that was rushed out to capitalise on the iPhone 7 Christmas market, and as a result, it's a long way from what an Apple product should be.
This isn't one for the £169 design book. Thankfully. µ
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