After spending $ 160 on a pair of Apple's fancy, wireless AirPods the first thing most would do is pair them and listen to some songs. iFixit is not the most.
They have another M.O. from you and me As soon as they get a new piece of hardware, it goes off to the workbench for some investigative surgery.
As you'd expect, there's a log going on in a couple of Apple AirPods. In a 4-gram handset size pack, they managed to hug the batteries, microphones, Bluetooth and Apple's proprietary W1
Seeing how everything is wrapped up is pretty cool, but do not get any idea of tearing down your own AirPods to make some minor repairs. According to iFixit, gadgets just d. There's nothing less repairable than these little babies. They were awarded a 0 out of 10.
It is impossible to get the outer coat off without destroying it, and according to iFixit all is kept out of glue. It always leads to a lower score. "If jamming of complex components into a small form factor and sealing with a rich amount of glue was a game, Apple would win," said iFixit.
They also hit Apple's smart bag for good results. Inside, they found a 1.52 Wh li-poly battery. Apple says it provides around 20 additional hours of listening time, and iFixit notes that it's about sixteen times the capacity of the cells in each AirPod.
And when I say "busted open," I mean it literally. It's even more difficult to open than AirPods itself.