26 March 2019
Apple silently launched the AirPods 2 before its big event last month and the new audio device holds not so major upgrade that could compel you to leave the first-gen AirPods. In fact, the new AirPods have no improvements in design over the previous-gen AirPods. It comes with a wireless charging case which has also been made available for the first-gen AirPods at an extra cost, though.
Some aspects which are new in the AirPods 2 are H1 chip, Hey Siri support for a hands-free experience, battery status LED light, and according to the company, the new audio device offers faster connect times over the older ones. Now, the teardown expert iFixit has claimed that the new accessory is pretty much the same from inside like the first-gen AirPods.
The report from iFixit shows that the build quality of the new AirPods is good but the device is impossible to repair if any damage occurs to it. Scoring 0 on the repairability score by iFixit, AirPods 2 have come out to be hard to repair product. The report tells that the waterproofing in the AirPods is better but this trait can’t help in repairing the device.
In conclusion, iFixit clearly says, “AirPods are not designed to be serviced. No hardware components can be accessed without damage to the device.” Also, “sealed-in batteries limit the AirPods' lifespan, making them a consumable/disposable item.”