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Apple’s brand new AirPods Pro 2 are just as impossible to repair as the old ones, a fact confirmed by teardown artists iFixit.
In a new YouTube video that shows how to take apart a pair of AirPods Pro 2 and the accompanying charging case, iFixit confirms that it is indeed impossible to do so without breaking them — something that in turn makes them impossible to repair.
“Apple’s AirPods are the most popular earbuds in the world—they are also among the most unfixable. With the AirPods Pro 2, the flagship line gets a boost, in all arenas, apparently, except the environment. Personalized spatial audio can give you a great sound experience, but can it mute the guilt from wearing unrepairable future-e-waste? With its new pods, could Apple finally be thinking different?”
Same old story
Apple has long made some of the best iPhone wireless earbuds in the form of the original AirPods Pro, but they were roundly derided for their lack of repairability. It’s doubtful that anyone truly expected that to change with the refreshed version that went on sale last week, but iFixit took them apart to confirm.
Spoiler: AirPods Pro 2 aren’t going to be repaired anytime soon.
The video shows the work involved in getting into a pair of AirPods Pro 2 earbuds, making them almost impossible to repair. Things are even worse for the battery pack as well, with iFixit finding no way to get into it without cutting their way in — something that nobody should ever do because of the chance of causing a fire by rupturing the battery.
Whether Apple will choose to improve repairability of future earbuds remains to be seen, but given the refreshes we’ve seen of the normal AirPods and now AirPods Pro, it unfortunately seems unlikely at this point.