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  1. AirPods Teardown, AirPods Teardown: adım 1, 2 resimden 1. AirPods Teardown, AirPods Teardown: adım 1, 2 resimden 2.
    • Alright, we've got Apple's latest stocking stuffers on our teardown table, and it's time to see what they're made of. Here's the scoop so far:

    • Each AirPod weighs 0.14 oz (4 g), while the charging case weighs 1.34 oz (38 g)

    • Each AirPod measures in at 0.65" × 0.71" × 1.59" (16.5 mm × 18.0 mm × 40.5 mm) while the charging case measures in at 1.74" × 0.84" × 2.11" (44.3 mm × 21.3 mm × 53.5 mm)

    • Utilizes Bluetooth technology and Apple's new W1 chip for wireless connectivity

    • Uses microphones, optical sensors, and a motion accelerometer for in-ear detection

    • Beamforming microphones are coupled with an additional accelerometer in order to filter out unwanted noise

    • The AirPods alone can hold a charge up to 5 hours, while their charging case holds additional charge for up to 24 hours of listening time

    Has someone checked the battery lifetime in cold (freezing) temperatures?

    Peter Goedtkindt - Yanıt

    I guess in cold temperature you should have the gear covering your ear or ear is warm enough for airpods. If your airpods are left in cold environment for a while and you pull out to use, that is different story.

    bubble.stock -

    How long does it take to charge the airpods by the case?

    Jim Ngo - Yanıt

    Do not buy, case will die after the warranty is up, and you will be forced to shell out another $70 for a new one. Buy another brand… AirPods suck, and fall out anyways.

    brentmesnick - Yanıt

    What i will do f my airpod not working for call i cannot hearing anything, its only work for music, thank you for answering

    gines_josephine - Yanıt

    Bouncy and so Playful! Meet Cassidy this adorable AKC registered Maltipoo puppy!

    standardtoy goldendoodlecoats - Yanıt

  2. AirPods Teardown: adım 2, 3 resimden 1. AirPods Teardown: adım 2, 3 resimden 2. AirPods Teardown: adım 2, 3 resimden 3.
    • AirPods—featuring the electrifying Apple Egg!

    • On one end, this power-packed charging case is equipped with a Lightning connector to charge its battery.

    • At the other end, recessed deep within each AirPod housing, is a pair of contacts for charging the 'Pods respective onboard batteries.

    • Finally, at the top of the charge case, we spy a little status LED for notifying you when the triad of batteries is collectively out of juice.

    • You can see it all end-to-end if you have X-ray vision. Keep your eyes peeled for some deep scans of the AirPods throughout this teardown.

  3. AirPods Teardown: adım 3, 3 resimden 1. AirPods Teardown: adım 3, 3 resimden 2. AirPods Teardown: adım 3, 3 resimden 3.
    • The charge case cover sports a new model number—A1602—and offers up some info on the case's overall power capacity: 398 mAh.

    • Performing our last teardown rites on the charge case, we take a quick peek at the setup button on the back. If Apple's highly-touted instant sync feature fails or isn't available, this button is here to save the day with a more traditional Bluetooth pairing process.

    • Alright, no more wasting time. Let's get to the good stuff.

    Your description of the button on the back of the case is incorrect. The instant sync capabilities are actually automatic and happen right when you open the case, the button on the back is just for manual pairing with other bluetooth devices.

    Brendon - Yanıt

    "Rites". You have the right to perform last rites.

    dmrifles - Yanıt

    Does the case itself include a Bluetooth radio?

    Alexis Gallagher - Yanıt


    Moshe Sass - Yanıt

    Do you know what to do if the cover is broken, not to be connecting all the time to other devices and lose the battery? Is there any solution for this?


    montanya2001 - Yanıt

  4. AirPods Teardown: adım 4, 3 resimden 1. AirPods Teardown: adım 4, 3 resimden 2. AirPods Teardown: adım 4, 3 resimden 3.
    • The earbuds are covered in dots: grilles for speaker action, microphone holes for those noise-canceling secondary mics, and black dots for IR proximity sensors.

    • The 'Pods are individually labeled with separate model numbers—A1722 (left) and A1523 (right)—and FCC IDs, BCG-A1722 and BCG-1523.

    • X-rays give us a peek at what's inside, some grilles, and that microphone, the rest is a mystery to unravel.

    • With no visible fasteners in sight, we resort to more aggressive tactics and apply some heat and knife action.

    • After the application of heat, we try some samurai slicing.

    • In the interest of safety, we pull out an opening pick to finish the job. With a quick twist we separate the speaker portion of the earbud, and spy some internals.

    That GIF tho

    MicroTech - Yanıt

  5. AirPods Teardown: adım 6, 3 resimden 1. AirPods Teardown: adım 6, 3 resimden 2. AirPods Teardown: adım 6, 3 resimden 3.
    • Our journey in pursuit of electronics did not leave us disappointed. We reveal some tightly-packed components.

    • As we begin to pull out the boards, cables, and other bits, we're reminded of a certain wearable repair nightmare (*cough* Apple Watch *cough*).

    • 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.

    • That game now includes the world's cutest (and smallest?) coaxial connector.

    • Dangling off to the side is one of the two IR proximity sensors that the AirPod uses to detect when it's in an ear.

    Great line "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."

    Marc Hertogh - Yanıt

    A question --- is there waterproof coating applied onto the PCBA inside AirPods?

    JP Curious - Yanıt

    Well, you can’t really expect one to be able to fit everything inside, without having them look like tangled…spiderwebs.


    but the other ones (IR senseor and stuff) are not as friendly, now.

    Xavier Jiang - Yanıt

    The Black Tape like thing, holding the two pieces , whats is it called ? If it gets broken, detached, can it be fixed ?

    Yusuf Motiwala - Yanıt

    @Yusuf Motiwala the “black tape like thing” is normally called a “flex cable” or “ribbon cable”. Typically a broken ribbon cable needs to be replaced. While repair is technically possible, it requires superb soldering skills and the Airpods miniature flex cables make repair extraordinarily difficult. If the flex cable was detached at the solder joint, a skilled repair tech might be able to re-solder it.

    mwarrenus - Yanıt

  6. AirPods Teardown: adım 7, 3 resimden 1. AirPods Teardown: adım 7, 3 resimden 2. AirPods Teardown: adım 7, 3 resimden 3.
    • At this point we're momentarily stymied—what remains in the earbud is a hot mess of cables and adhesive, and none of it seems particularly keen on coming out. So we turn to the stem, hoping for another entry point.

    • Instead, we encounter a waterfall of glue.

    • That shiny metal cap provides contact points for charging the AirPod, and surrounds the primary microphone. Hidden behind and within the torrent of glue, we spy the end of the battery cable.

    • Ripping out the glue plug reveals the end of a teensy weensy battery, with teensy weensy spot welds. Looks like we won't be replacing these any time soon (or recycling them, ever).

    If it's hot melt glue Isopropyl alcohol will remove it cleanly. If it's a silicone type adhesive then your mostly screwed.

    Martin King - Yanıt

    no it is probably not hot glue.

    But hmmm isopropyl alcohol…thanks for that tip @mfx

    on the other hand, yes, having the ability to having the entire thing be glue-free smells really good.

    Maybe you can just prepare a beaker full of that and dump the entire thing (case, left pod, right pod) in and put it on a … the shaking plate?


    Xavier Jiang - Yanıt

    My metal cap is lost ….where I purchased this?

    Sushma Pandit - Yanıt

    The metal contact point for charging is lost on my airpod, anyone know where i could possibly buy one online? i live in europe btw. thank you.

    nineway - Yanıt

    Same here: The metal cap is lost. Does anyone know where I could buy one? Thank you for your help.

    Alex Hirzel - Yanıt

    Ever since that metal cap came off , my airpod hasnt worked. Does anyone know how to fix this issue?Are there wires to purchase to weld back on or tape to fix this electrical issue?

    Lex - Yanıt

    • Having exhausted the obvious entry points, we opt for the full surgical approach. Nurse, hand me the scalpel.

    • Lifting the membrane with surgical precision reveals what's likely an antenna laid over the heart battery.

    • Okay, so we might not have the patience of a surgeon. The pliers come out, and we rip the rest of the casing off to get to the goodies.

    I think the way they did it is shoved the battery through the bottom and glued it to the cap. They then microsoldered the contacts to the board. It’s crazy how intricate this is!

    Liam Powell - Yanıt

  7. AirPods Teardown: adım 9, 2 resimden 1. AirPods Teardown: adım 9, 2 resimden 2.
    • With the plastic casing off, we're able to peel that long antenna from the battery.

    • Finding the antenna here explains a bit about the AirPods' design. That hanging boom is for more than just balance—it's also to improve reception.

    • Digging deeper under more glued-on cables and tape, we find some markings etched into the battery. Looks like this is a 93 milliwatt hour battery—equivalent to a little over 1% of the charge capacity in an iPhone 7.

    I assume this is a 1.5V battery?

    mdg1111 - Yanıt

    What is the charging voltage for the headphones?

    Bogdan Mirkac - Yanıt

    Probably the same as a normal Li-ion

    Oliver Watson - Yanıt

    Who manufactures these tiny batteries?

    Chaim b. Abraham - Yanıt

    AirPods charge very quickly. What is the full charge voltage? I assume to maximize lifespan/cycle life and charging speed they don’t actually charge to 4.2 volts or whatever the 100% SOC voltage is for that chemistry. Also any idea what the chemistry is (LCO, LMO, NMC, etc?)

    Kyle Sweeney - Yanıt

    Without any evidence (from multimeter or “experiment results”) I reason it is a 1.2V cell, type AAAAA.

    From the flange on the battery to the left and the suspecious look of the supposed contact points for it.

    *Very quickly* was a bad unit for charge time. 1 hour full? 30 min full? (FULL, not able to use again)

    if 1 hour full then charge current is 93MA. 30 minute charge is 186MA, so on and so forth.

    I guess Apple had this thing on 1C charge (93MAH—>1 hour @ 93MA). 2C charge will just wreck this battery.

    Xavier Jiang - Yanıt

    One of my airpods broke, so I pulled the battery. By my measurements so far, and I'm still testing it, The full charge voltage is 4.2v giving it about 22mA. I'm still doing some testing, but I'm capable of rapidly charging it at that voltage and also draining it at that voltage.

    Further testing is required.

    parker.n.brown - Yanıt

    Hey Parker brown…how did you connect to the (+) side of the battery?

    Paul Primrose - Yanıt

    Its probably a pin-type li-ion from Panasonic. The CG-320A or the CG-425A

    allard - Yanıt

  8. AirPods Teardown: adım 10, 2 resimden 1. AirPods Teardown: adım 10, 2 resimden 2.
    • Pulling up the complex flexible circuit reveals a golden array! They look like test points, but the cluster isn't labeled.

    • If these are test points, then locating the proper one will be harder than finding Waldo when he's singing with his candy cane companions.

    • The cable weaves into an intricate speaker assembly that houses a proximity sensor and some antenna lines.

    What about the drivers? Same as earpods?

    Eric R - Yanıt

    Did you see the MID traces on the housing here? I think they're there to improve the GND counterpart to the antenna by capacitivly coupling to the ear! Great idea, isn't it?

    Simon - Yanıt

    Why didn't you open the drivers? I want to know they still use paper drivers or not.

    Masa - Yanıt

    I don’t think they’re the same.

    Liam Powell -

  9. AirPods Teardown: adım 11, 2 resimden 1. AirPods Teardown: adım 11, 2 resimden 2.
    • We bust out our microscope to get a look at these tiny chip markings:

    • Apple 343500130 is suspected to be the W1 wireless communication chip

    • Cypress CY8C4146FN programmable system on a chip

    • Maxim MAX98730EWJ low power stereo audio codec

    • Texas Instruments TPS62743 300 mA DC-DC buck converters

    • Bosch Sensortec BMA282 accelerometer

    • STMicroelectronics accelerometer/gyroscope

    • Likely some sort of serial flash memory

    Check out edgewater wireless. They specialize in wifi technology , multichannel wireless , reducing interference, etc. they hold 24 patents. A lot of their tech applies to any wireless protocol. In 2015, apple bought a patent off them for front end power effiency ( us patent 7016654).The deal had “strong commercial terms attached “. I beleive it is Edgewater’s tech that apple used to enhance the airpods when they were designing them with the patents acquired during the passif semiconductor acquisition. Confident that we will see technology from edgewaters patents inside the w1 chip. It would be what gives the airpods the incredible battery life, amazing connectivity, and the ability to sync a seperate signal to each pod with no interference. How do you get to the bottom of the inner workings of a chip in order to discover these patents?

    JD8510 - Yanıt

    Why is the audio codec stereo? A single 'Pod only puts out one channel of audio, obviously...

    ncb - Yanıt

    Because if it was mono, the output wouldn’t be stereo, it would be twin-track mono, which isn’t the same thing! Twin track mono is the SAME sounds coming out of both ‘plugs, stereo is DIFFERENT sounds coming out of EACH plug! Chris.

    Christopher Burke -

    @JD8510: "How do you get to the bottom of the inner workings of a chip in order to discover these patents?"

    Well, there are optical techniques to do so after you've striped away the housing with nitric acid. I even heard about tecniques, where layer by layer has been removed from such a chip to get to the inner workings. And if you've the money and therefore the material to do so, you're even able to read out single bits of memory cells. OTPs by optical ways, others by using a scanning electron microscope...

    @ncb: IMHO there are no such small mono codecs on the market, as the additionally used space is much smaller than the advantace you're getting by adding a second channel. Most of the chip area is used by the core functionalities of the codec anyway.

    Simon - Yanıt

    TPS743 IMHO doesn't exist. Think it's a simple TPS7430 or TPS74301 LDO from TI.

    Is there someone who understood the working of the antenna? Well, it's attached DIRECTLY on the battery. Normally this won't work, as the antenna would be shortened in a RF-way. But maybe the whole battery compartement is decoupled in a RF way from the rest of the PCB? Means the battery itself would then act as an antenna as well? Clever, if this is working like this. Any comments?

    Simon - Yanıt

    any one know the sound is generated from W1 or chip of maxim?

    lucas wu - Yanıt

    Can someone x-ray that part and see whats inside it?

    Subash Patel -

    @ncb: I think that by only using one single AirPod, the incoming bluetooth stereo signal is actually downmixed to mono. In fact you're able to hear both channels on this sole AirPod.

    taue2512 - Yanıt

    It's interesting that Apple filed the FCC with request for confidentiality on the antenna..

    side note: while I was in love with the AirPods they are really hurting my ears. We are now divorcing.. and I am not the only one. Discussion for another day ;)

    No el - Yanıt

    Apple filed the FCC with request for confidentiality on the antenna

    So much for “progress of the arts and sciences”.. Only if Apple decides to make such progress, and never in any technological field *other* than what Apple currently uses them (could the technology be useful for antennas attached to pill bottles or as part of some kind of long-distance movement tracker perhaps? Who knows.)

    jimwitte -

    What’s DMIC used on the AirPods, plz ?

    Wally - Yanıt

    The Texas Instruments TPS743 seems to not exist, bet there was an alternative on Texas Instruments TPS743. This small chip is according to the Texas Instruments website a programable Start-Up Sequencing chip to control things such as temprature and voltage while starting up. Apple may have a special version of this chip inside of the AirPods. For more information on this chip

    Zachary McCullough - Yanıt

    I wonder how dead reckoning for the wireless works in this case, considering the antenna is all over the battery?

    Also, I am unable to get Maxim-Integrated MAX98730EWJ T datasheet in Mouser website which you provided.

    Subash Patel - Yanıt

    Whats the size of the speakers? And are their similar speakers to the airpods for sale?

    Ragde Aicrag - Yanıt

    Is there an STMicroelectronics IMU in both the left and right airpod?

    Henry Valk - Yanıt

    • AirPods pretty well destroyed, we turn to their seamless-looking case...

    • Jimmy proves to be too nice a guy to open our stubborn charging case.

    • So we grab something with a little more tooth. Don't worry, you'll only feel a sliiight pressure ...

    • Fair warning: this is not the safest way to do this. But the dentist told us we only bled because we haven't been flossing.

    • We're finally able to pull the cabley 'pod holder out of the main case, revealing some internals—namely a hefty battery.

    “But the dentist told us we only bled because we haven't been flossing. “ lol

    Yo Yoma - Yanıt

  10. AirPods Teardown: adım 13, 3 resimden 1. AirPods Teardown: adım 13, 3 resimden 2. AirPods Teardown: adım 13, 3 resimden 3.
    • With the cable pod removed, but still connected by a tangle of ribbon cables, we pull off that status LED.

    • With some more dental fortitude, we're able to separate AirPod tubes from the charging bracket, freeing them from the cable spaghetti.

    • And while we're at it, we wrestle the head off the capsule, pulling the hinge mechanism out of its gooey green slot.

  11. AirPods Teardown: adım 14, 3 resimden 1. AirPods Teardown: adım 14, 3 resimden 2. AirPods Teardown: adım 14, 3 resimden 3.
    • The heavily-armored charging case proves to be a formidable foe, inflicting some damage on our weary teardowners. Desperate times call for desperate Dremel usage.

    • What lies beneath the impenetrable sheath? A battery does! It is tucked into a cozy slot within the iron polycarbonate fortress.

    • And in case you noticed, yes, half of the status LED flex cable did fall behind.

    • Upon removal, we spot the secret ooze adhesive that was fighting us—and we spot a single cable connecting the battery to the logic board of the charging case.

    • Oh look, a ZIF connector! At least recyclers won't have to break out a soldering iron after shedding blood, sweat, and tears to tear through the outer casing.

  12. AirPods Teardown: adım 15, 2 resimden 1. AirPods Teardown: adım 15, 2 resimden 2.
    • Safely shucking the casing finally gives us a good look at the biggest battery of the day.

    • Spoiler alert: it's still tiny.

    • This 3.81 V, 1.52 Wh lithium-ion cell has roughly 16 times the power capacity of the ones we dug out of the AirPods' stems—meaning you should be able to top them up at least a few times between case charges.

    • For the sake of scorekeeping, the battery in the Apple Pencil weighs in at 0.329 Wh, and the Series 2 Apple Watch sports a 1.03 Wh cell—so this is technically the biggest tiny battery we've recently encountered.

    This is not a lipo battery, it says right on the battery it is a lithium ion battery

    traxxasbandit1 - Yanıt

    Well, Li-Ion could also be used as a hyperonym of LiPo and Li-Ion. Means, a LiPo INDEED is one sort of Li-Ion based batteries...

    Simon - Yanıt

    What’s so special about the zif connector?

    Terry Hutch - Yanıt

    That there is no soldering iron, "ZIF stands Zero Insertion Force" sockets. CPU sockets are an example of ZIF, you just insert and pull the lever then it gets secured by its mechanism. If you recycle a PC you dont have to unsolder the CPU from the board (ZIF).

    Alejandro Nahum -

  13. AirPods Teardown: adım 16, 3 resimden 1. AirPods Teardown: adım 16, 3 resimden 2. AirPods Teardown: adım 16, 3 resimden 3.
    • The sync button is a self-contained li'l clicky dude, with contacts that match up to some spring contacts on the main board.

    • Electrical switches can be complicated. This one, however, probably isn't. It is likely a pushbutton switch. A press of the button closes the circuit and lets current flow. This current will flow into the circuit and be interpreted as input. We told you it was simple.

    What is That dimension or Product name?

    KimJiun - Yanıt

  14. AirPods Teardown: adım 17, 3 resimden 1. AirPods Teardown: adım 17, 3 resimden 2. AirPods Teardown: adım 17, 3 resimden 3.
    • We loosen a pair of Phillips screws to access the Lightning connector, pop its press connector off the back of the logic board, and seconds later it's free to leave this plastic mess behind.

    • Luckily, the Lightning port is modular—so if you wear your port out, all you have to do is utterly destroy the case to replace that component.

    • The logic board is secured with a lot of sticky tape.

    "Luckily, the Lightning port is modular—so if you wear your port out, all you have to do is utterly destroy the case to replace that component."


    Ryan Vennell - Yanıt

    Wow - *PHILLIPS* screws?? Not Torx, or Tri-Head, or some other strange kind they've invented? Well, probably because (short of destroying the thing), it's not possible to *get* to the screw anyway, so there's no reason to make it "non-user-serviceable".

    jimwitte - Yanıt

  15. AirPods Teardown: adım 18, 3 resimden 1. AirPods Teardown: adım 18, 3 resimden 2. AirPods Teardown: adım 18, 3 resimden 3.
    • Let us take a look at what silicon is so heavily guarded by the charging case:

    • STMicroelectonics STM32L072 ARM Cortex-M0+ MCU

    • Our X-ray imagery shows some quality issues in this chip's solder joints. Empty spaces, known as voiding, could be evidence of low quality standards, or a rushed product release. Could issues with the AirPod case be what delayed release?

    • NXP Semiconductor CBTL1610A3 charging/port controller IC (as seen in iPhones 6s and SE and both iPad Pro models)

    • Texas Instruments BQ24232 power management IC

    • Maxim Integrated MAX9028 1.8 V comparator

    • AMS AS3441 power and communication interface (likely)

    • Probably ON Semiconductor regulators

    Is the flaw with the chip solder joint fixed?

    ultime_booter - Yanıt

    the STM32L072 only power control?

    Huang guozheng - Yanıt

    Is that some kind of debuggin port on the right side of the second photo? And what's the 10-pin "thin-chip-like-thing" labeled 6A98 on the lower-left of the first photo? Some kind of array of capacitors or something?

    jimwitte - Yanıt

    That is the ZIF port that connects to the battery. The “thin chip-like thing” is the connector that links to the AirPod dock and status light. All of these things are listed in previous steps above.

    Esteban Valle -

    That sort of voiding in a reflowed BGA (ball grid array) solder joint is unavoidable, and is acceptable in IPC workmanship standards up to a percentage limit. I don’t recall the specific numbers, but these voids look normal/OK to me (recently retired process engineer in electronics manufacturing).

    jerry.cupples - Yanıt

  16. AirPods Teardown: adım 19, 3 resimden 1. AirPods Teardown: adım 19, 3 resimden 2. AirPods Teardown: adım 19, 3 resimden 3.
    • Blood, sweat, and lots of glue later, we give you:

    • A pile of 'pod parts...

    • and a collection of case components.

    • Every single one of the amazing X-ray images in this teardown comes to you by way of our ingenious friends at Creative Electron. Hi guys!

    • Update: One of our overseas contributors found a clever way to open the charging case far less destructively, by first deforming it with a vise. If you've got a dead battery and nothing to lose, give it a try!

    The e-Waste disaster is the batteries can’t be replaced without heroics.

    Bryce Nesbitt - Yanıt

  17. Son Düşünceler
    • Accessing any case component is impossible without destroying the outer casing.
    • Glue is the only external fastener used in the case or earbuds.
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do the airpods feature the same driver as the earpods?

Jason Wilson - Yanıt

Great question, trying to find this out myself.

SJDragonetti -

It looks like it's a bit different. The EarPod teardown has a pretty nice comparison of the generations of earbuds from Apple in step 11. They look like they mostly have open-back designs while the new AirPods have a black plastic (and mesh?) that covers the back of the driver. Apple EarPods Teardown

I would be interested in seeing these compared to the new PowerBeats 3 since that headphone model also uses a membrane-style speaker in the midsection bulge of the stem.

Josiah Knoll -

It wouldn't really matter. The EarPods had a lot of tuning done to them through the ports on the front, back, and stems (cover with tape and see what happens). The AirPods have ports moved as well as less air in the housings (replaced with logic boards, batteries, and other electronics. So even if they do use the same drivers, they'll sound substantially different.

Marcus Nguyen -

I'm curious if you were to design something that small with the same capabilities how would you A) not use glue and B) make it somehow "easy" to repair

[deleted] - Yanıt

I don't think you can get away without any glue. It's a question of using it effectively not over doing it. The kind of glue you use is important as well!

I would have liked to seen bayonet style in the caps with a small touch of glue and/or a snap fit. The inner workings could have used less tacky foam glue so the parts don't move but could be removed if needed (given the price it should be repairable).

Dan -

Not for the headphones themselves, but I guess the case could've been made a lot more repairable.

Christoph Parstorfer -

That was my first question as well. Compared to a lot of other consumer electronics, designing fully wireless earbuds that are easily recyclable would seem to be an interesting (and likely difficult) engineering challenge. Both in terms of the physical design as well as surviving even a rudimentary cost-benefit analysis. Going by the AirPods and Apple Pencil, it seems like glue is the cheap, easy go-to solution when the internal components aren't enough to justify a major recycling effort. Though the case itself might be worth recycling. I'd think that the glue also helps with a better seal as well, but it's not like these are water resistant in the first place.

Manual recycling looks like a total no-go for these. They could probably automate some of the breakdown (ugh), but again, the recoverable materials per item are so low it couldn't be justified economically. Unless Apple ate the costs as part of their marketing efforts, it looks like the AirPods themselves go straight to the landfill.

Tom S -

That's a good question, I can think of quite a few ways. Per example the metal connector base coud be used as a screw to hold the case together, and the internals could be kept in place in a sandwich like fashion by a plastic support. Everything would be tightly secured by the base screw, which could be unscrewed to open the case and grant access to the battery for replacement.

But Apple's engineers aren't really that much into clever internal product design, they're more about the finish, aesthetics and low manufacturing costs. Who cares about recycling when you can just use tape and glue. Leave the environment speech to marketing.

asuma -

Massive glue is used because it is needed for acoustic sealing around the housing and the transducer. No other ways like ultrasonic welding can replace glue in earbuds and headphones.

steve -

The same way watchmakers have done for centuries - captive spring-loaded pins locking a thread.

Kliment -

Samsung seems to have done it without a non-stop glue nightmare, so Apple should be able to, too.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Teardown

samwichse -

Check out edgewater wireless. They specialize in wifi technology , multichannel wireless , reducing interference, etc. they hold 24 patents. A lot of their tech applies to any wireless protocol. In 2015, apple bought a patent off them for front end power effiency ( us patent 7016654).The deal had “strong commercial terms attached “. I beleive it is Edgewater’s tech that apple used to enhance the airpods when they were designing them with the patents acquired during the passif semiconductor acquisition. Confident that we will see technology from edgewaters patents inside the w1 chip. It would be what gives the airpods the incredible battery life, amazing connectivity, and the ability to sync a seperate signal to each pod with no interference. How do you get to the bottom of the inner workings of a chip in order to discover these patents?

JD8510 - Yanıt

Looks like a different speaker diaphragm and basket assembly than the Earpods then?

Waiting on objective measures of the sound quality. Given how much they improved Macbook speakers, even the 12" beating many larger laptops, hopefully these didn't miss that love.

nitesh singh - Yanıt

The AirPods are a true engineering marvel, an astonishing array of technology jam packed into the smallest of containers. Remarkable!

Satyajeet Vishwakarma - Yanıt

How much would the components rack up to?

Norbert de Rooy - Yanıt

This is the fist time ive seen a zero on the repairability scale!

Gigabit87898 - Yanıt

Can you please explain more what you mean at step 18) with "Empty spaces, known as voiding, could be evidence of low quality standards, or a rushed product release."

Tom Stein - Yanıt

I think he is referring to what looks a little like tiny bubbles within each of the pads in the array (But I could be mistaken... an arrow would help a LOT!)

everseeker -

The chip utilizes a Ball Grid Array. (BGA) Each dot is a contact. To attach it to the board a special solder/flux ball is placed on each contact. The chip is then placed on the board by a robot and heated with air hot enough to melt the solder. When it works it will result in a nice solid connection. When it fails it won't. The problem is that many times it will work fine during testing and for a period of time after. Once the connection breaks then you will either get intermittent problems or sudden failure. A common do it yourself fix for a circuit board with a failed BGA chip connection is to put it in an oven at around 400 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes to remelt the solder. This was a common fix on the HP LJ 3005. To properly fix this problem the chip has to be removed from the board, the solder balls are removed and replaced with new ones and then re attached to the board and baked. This obviously will never happen on airpods as it would be more expensive to repair then to just scrap the entire device.

Billy Bob -

Any ideas what the gold ink is doing connecting the speaker grilles to the circuit?

michaelgormack - Yanıt

"The cable weaves into an intricate speaker assembly that houses a proximity sensor and some antenna lines."

Maybe using the speaker grilles as antennae?

Hypercaff -

Have you done a chip teardown of the W1? If not, are you aware of anyone who has done a chip teardown of the W1?

Jameson Johnny - Yanıt

Any chance you could 3D print the housing in order to complete a repair?

Rob Link - Yanıt

Hyperthetically you could, but would be near impossible without a 3D scan of the internals of the housing to do so. You would also need to use a 3D printing technology that has a high resolution such as sla or Sls, which firstly comes with their inherent surface finishes, but secondly are quite pricey as processes (not something you print on a home printer). And then even if you get around those issues, you would then have to remove the existing components without further damaging them and assembling them in the correct order and then apply your own glue. It's all possible, but much better off spending your money on a new pair...

Brad stebbing -

In step 11, there have two holes on the surface of the bottom right corner, is there has a more clear image to see that is any LED in there?

a01030202 - Yanıt

I would like to propose a teardown of the left Airpod as well. Left and right have different FCC numbers so there might be a difference between the two.

KTMW - Yanıt

I looks like there is a Bosch BMA-282 or BMA-280 accelerometer in there (The 'LP' chip).

DaveR - Yanıt

According to IPC-A-610 Rev. E chapter "BGAs" 30% Voiding is okay. In very level. So normal industry standard. There is no solderpaste reflowing without voids. And voids are not automatically a problem. That is the reason why production and customer are allowed to negotiate a own border for that value. Head-In-Pillow-Defects were be a problem. But you have to lower the x-ray angle to see them. So from that Picture: Everything is fine for me.

Dan - Yanıt

I agree 100% about the acceptability of the voiding seen in the x-ray images of the reflowed BGA solder joints. Perfectly normal.

jerry.cupples -

I'm actually more interesting in how the ear buds plastic housing component is's seamless on the outside, yet houses a complex assembly inside. Injection moulding can't do this in one piece, and there is too much air inside to be over moulded. Maybe two pieces glued together then polished?

Brad stebbing - Yanıt

I would think the flashing is ground off and then the casings are polished up :)

Matt Foot -


Michael Lin - Yanıt

Does ifixit do chip teardowns, or does anyone else for that matter ? Would like to understand the inner workings of the w1 chip in terms of sending and receiving signals and power saving methods. Evidence points to edgewater wireless's technology being inside the chip/airpods, who can confirm this somehow?

JD8510 - Yanıt

Love these teardowns, especially the tough ones. thx!

herojig - Yanıt

Any traces of Energous/Dialog Semiconductors "wireless charging" chips there?

rantonc - Yanıt

Someone needs to tell Apple that ALL EARS are ANALOGUE - it doesn't matter how the sound gets up to the transducers, because they just turn it back into analogue sound pressure. What a fools errand all round.

Gives the fanboys something to spend money on and coo about, I suppose...

I am an Apple user, I love most of their products, but this is just utterly STUPID.

I have one perfectly working iPhone 5S, a perfectly working set of EarPods with Remote and Mic (and two more brand new, sealed, for spares) and I have ZERO intention of "upgrading" to anything "better". In fact, I'll shortly be going back to a Nokia 3510i I would think (no, I am not joking) because this obsession with a "central distraction hub" is shortening my attention span, STEALING my time and to be honest, it's all just overrated, non-vital guff that people have become seduced by for no good reason.

Matt Foot - Yanıt

Absolutely! Who cares about having high quality cameras, GPS, internet and all those other bells and whistles. I'm gonna switch to using carrier pigeon.

asuma -

I'm converting to potato-printing my music. No more apples for me.

mikesilver -

I would like to add a little resin to the earpods to improve the fit in my ears. The problems is they then won't fit in the housing to charge.

If I were to shave off a mm or two from the housing (where the earpod sit), would I cut through anything other than just the casing?

brendan - Yanıt

Probably not, but I’d be super careful.

Liam Powell -

Pack the destroyed mess up and send it off to Blendtec. Will it Blend?

galane - Yanıt

I'm interested in the charging contacts for the airpods. It looks like any 1.5v source would get them charging without a negotiation pin. Can you confirm that or is there some kind of 2-wire communication happening?

Also what do the contact points inside the charging case tubes look like? Are they just beryllium-copper springs? Are they spring loaded? Are there magnets to hold the airpods in?

Will - Yanıt

Why such a small battery? Weight or just space? I think they could have (and may well one day) double the size of the battery and double the battery life. Ten hours on a charge would be awesome.

MrHatken - Yanıt

From the pics, it looks like the antenna is just a thin flex stuck to the side of the battery. However, on the video it looks more like a flex on a 2mm ? substrate. Is this correct and if so, is the substrate plastic or ceramic ?

andyk11 - Yanıt

Hi Folks,

I'm pretty interesting how does apple earpods connects to between each earphone? Does it Bluetooth connection?

asimpl3ns - Yanıt

Yes, I think they use Bluetooth. I think your iPhone establishes a connection with each Airpod for music relay. The AirPods connect with each other to synchronize audio perfectly and do other stuff like that. At least that’s what I’d assume.

Liam Powell -

Like Brendan, I use the rubber ear hooks so that they fit into my ears better. I wanted to use a dremel to shave a bit out of the charging case where the airpods sit, and some also out of the cap of the charging case, so they will fit into the charging case with the rubber ear hooks still on. I was wondering if damage anything by doing this? Or will I just be removing plastic from the case, without any risk of cutting into something important? For instance, is there something in the cap to indicate to the iphone that the cap of the charging case has been opened?

Ron Schriner - Yanıt

After a bit of messing about with the case, I worked out how it knows if its closed or open. Its the little magnet at the front centre. If you leave the lid open, and your iPhone on, you can trick the case to think its open or closed by holding a magnet to the top middle just in front of the headphones.

So, yes, I think that making the gap for the top of the airpods bigger would be ok as long as you don't damage the LED or cable, plus keep the magnet working.

I'm going to try just leaving the lid open all the time and make a magnet attachment out of sugu that fits will to "close" the case to charge.

Tim - Yanıt

The AirPods sound OK by themselves but sound much better when pushed into your ear canal. I want to try one of the silicone sleeves but they obviously don’t fit into the case. I’m wondering if there is an easy (relatively speaking) way to remove the lid and replace it with one that would accommodate the larger profile. It would be nice to see some photos with a little more detail of the hinge mechanism. Has anyone built an accurate 3D model of the case? A surface model is probably good enough to work with.

Jeff -

Wondering why this teardown found a silvery diaphragm rather than the hybrid paper cones here?

Did they redesign them?

tipoo - Yanıt

I was really put off when it was discovered that they were not recyclable. But wouldn't it be possible for me to tear it apart on my own and manually remove the battery and then recycle everything else?

casimir.lewenhaupt - Yanıt

Crazy question: How would one go about soldering a 3.5mm female headphone jack into the case? Any thoughts at all? I want to add a female headphone jack to the case in order to plug any music source, like a laptop with no bluetooth, into the airpod case via a 3.5mm male to male cable into the airpod case and hear it thru the airpods.

Notwithstanding the case damage to expose the electronics, does it appear that this would be possible at all? Or is all the bluetooth handled in the actual airpods themselves, negating the practicability of this idea?

Thanks for any productive answers, and bite my shiny mettle ass for any nonproductive ones.

chrismcdaniel - Yanıt

Not possible, audio is streamed over BT from the device directly to the AirPods.

Samuel Kvarnbrink -

Buy a $5 bluetooth-USB adaptor off ebay… Airpods can work with bluetooth.

Weilai -

You can pair AirPods with any Bluetooth audio source, but the sound quality isn’t good. I paired them with my Surface Pro and it was downright atrocious, worse than any other Bluetooth I had tried. I suspected it was intentional to keep them in the Apple ecosystem. It also loses all other functionality, like the prox sensor and tap control.

If you must, get a USB Bluetooth dongle for the computer, or a universal 3.5mm AUX to Bluetooth adapter. But you might have better luck with a competitor’s earbuds; unless you are listening to them on an Apple device, they’re horrible.

Tyler Curl -

Step 13 misses among the status led a reed switch which is responsible for activation upon case opnening.

karmansan - Yanıt

Guys my AirPods and airpods charging case I washed it in a washing machine bymistakely forgot I had it in my pocket when …the green led light is not illuminating it doesn't work help if any one has any knowledge about it

Ali - Yanıt

Nope, they’re dead. They might survive a quick drop in a puddle or a toilet, but a ride in a washing machine is total death.

Tyler Curl -

DO they have water indicator?

carlos lopez - Yanıt

Do they have water Indicator? If not, how can Apple tell if it’s water damage.

carlos lopez - Yanıt

Every cut out of the AirPods earphone is protected by a water restricting mesh. Same mesh is used in iPhones to make them water resistant. Find a video of EverythingApplePro on Youtube where Philip send AirPods for a complete cycle of washing machine. Do you want to know what happened? AirPods survived and were still in working condition.

So yes, there are no Water Indicators…

Max -

I seem to have bent one of the charging contacts in my case - only very slightly but apparently enough to not allow charging the pod anymore.

Does anyone have a good idea what tool I could use to reach into the tube, hook behind the metal lip and try to gently bend it forward again?

Ralf Pabst - Yanıt

That sounds like a difficult prospect! If you’re out of warranty or just want to DIY: The tools that immediately come to mind are these thin probe tools. I think the allowances would be too tight for a screwdriver or spudger, even a halberd spudger… Good luck! Let us know if you find a fix! (Or post on Answers to get some more opinions!)

Sam Goldheart -

Looking at gold strip lines in the center of earbud just wondering if it is just to establish connect between earbuds?

Sriram B - Yanıt

Repairability is horrible. I think that’s pretty typical Apple. Although the earbuds work like a charm. After a few days of wearing, i think i just saw some glue came out from the seams, so much the better….

makrovfisher - Yanıt

After months of satisfactory use, my left one is putting out less audio than the right one. Audio quality is still fine. So I’m assuming it’s filled with dirt and earwax, even though none is visible externally. Any suggestions? Would a plastic-safe electronics cleaner work, or just destroy the airpod?

Rob Foshay - Yanıt

Use a toothbrush: worked well for me.

tobyking -

Finding a lot of questions about ways to charge the airpods without a case. Knowing that the case provides is a 3.81V 1.52Wh cell, would it be possible just to hook up a power source (e.g., three AA batteries) to the contacts on the bottom of the airpods to charge them without the case? I’m not an EE, but could someone help me understand if this would work, and if not, what else needs to be considered? Thanks.

Robert Garber - Yanıt



kingroger - Yanıt


Miguel -

What would be the best (safest) place to drill 2 small holes for a tether?

My best guess from studying your excellent teardown would be the bottom corners… thoughts?

The intention here is to pass a small, high tensile strength string (like spider wire for ex) in, then out (essentially through) the casing, or, even a metal ring… Loosing these things is a real thing.


Dan Kraft - Yanıt

Would ot be possible to mod a pair of these and switch out the drivers?

rudys0951 - Yanıt

If the repair factor is “0”, I wonder how Apple even offers a repair option? Wouldn’t it be more cost effective for Apple to just offer the consumer a trade-in offer on their used Airpods, rather than repair?

Ben Avila - Yanıt

The case can send battery-status info to the iPhone when the lid is flipped open and held within a few inches of the phone — more than a few inches and it doesn't work. This sending status seems to work even if BlueTooth & Wi-FI are turned off. All this taken together seems to indicate it’s using NFC for this function. Know the iPhone has NFC (it’s used for ApplePay).

Does the W1 chip have imbedded NFC ?

Roslyn Gold - Yanıt

лох должен платить. привет из россии!

Илья Власов - Yanıt

So I was cooking. My AIRPOD fell on the stove on the fire it works fine but looks horrible.I don’t know what to do. I can’t afford another one. And I also don’t have warranty or insurance. Help plz. Is there a replacement housing?

Leon - Yanıt

How to open the closing top (lid) interior. I’m asking this because, i’m one of the 5% for whom the airpods doesnt fit properly and need to use extrernal foam and using this the lid doesn’’t close properly.

Raghu Bhagavatula - Yanıt

Ok so mine stopped charging via wall plug, but if I hold it on an angle the lightning charging port male connector then the egg will charge..

i cleaned the female end with vinegar;) har har har ( alcohol) dame! The female end can be a filthy pocket ! Still have to hold male cable end on angle.. my temp solution is elastic bands but don’t want to keep doing this!

Terry Hutch - Yanıt

Curious: are the AirPods and case lead free? Heavy metal free?

emory oak - Yanıt

Can someone please tell me the minerals inside of Air pods

Charlie Dawson - Yanıt

So I accidentally put my airpods in the the laundry and then I remember and got them out but then when I connect my left airpod is would interrupt/stop playing audio unless I didnt move in a specific spot is their any way I can still fix it?

Adan munoz - Yanıt

Can someone tell me which terminal on the bottom of the airpods is positive and which one is negative (polarity of the contact points)?

Samarth Arora - Yanıt

I read Geoffrey Fowler’s teardown article on AirPods in the Washington post , and a “special vibrating knife that slices plastic “ was mentioned as the principal tool used by Mr. Wiens to open the outer case of the AirPods themselves—is this a Dremel accessory or something entirely different? I am interested in learning more about this tool as it could have applications in my hobby of scale modeling.

dnawahnish - Yanıt

Hey there, the tool mentioned is an ultrasonic cutter, listed and used in the AirPods 2 teardown.

Sam Goldheart -

From looking at the silvery charging poles at the end of the stem I think you can rig a battery to keep it going. Here is how I would do it: 1. figure out what the polarities are from the charging case,

2. solder the positive and negative to the respective portions at the end of each stem,

3. connect that to the correct battery voltage and supply,

4. heat shrink the entire thing so it look like you’re wearing ear rings.

tarex7 - Yanıt

No mention of what drives this “double tap feature” not as reliable as I’d hoped and it’s driving me mad, there doesn’t appear to be a specific place to tap and I wondered if the AirPod just detects a “tap” rather than a sensor of some description? Any one know?

Appleking - Yanıt

Can you make a Razer True wireless earbuds teardown?

Michael18751 - Yanıt

Looking to replace my gen 1 AirPods battery as it’s been 4 years of daily use and only last <15 minutes

Ryan Castro - Yanıt

Not exactly a repair question but any recommendations on how to clean the speaker grill without damaging the speaker/electronics inside?

After seing this microscope image I’m scared (Warning: it is gross).

Diego Alifano - Yanıt

Any way to purchase parts for repairing purpose one side airpod not working so replace it components

Sheikh Irfan Khan - Yanıt


I lost that shiny metal cap which provides contact point for charging the AirPod . Does anyone know if i can order it somehow?

Thank you!

Nik Duma - Yanıt

Check REWA Technology channel on YouTube. They’ve showed how to replace the battery, but it’ll probably take time until repair shops start to do this.

redex7 - Yanıt

Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

Multimeter price in pakistan

Fahad Rashid - Yanıt

hi where can i get airpods parts?

salih_gs_1997 - Yanıt

I have AirPods 1st gen & 2gen ...

I have change both battery of L & R from 1gen to 2gen ...

after install battery in Bothe side L & R and Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case for about 15 seconds to RESET , until the status light on the front of the case flashes amber, then white ...

still disconnect from Bluetooth when I tray listen to mp3 file !?

what I missed plz?

if there any idea plz contact me on WhatsApp : +213663600467

Mohamed Dekkiche - Yanıt

That was a good thing to see when u are wondering what is inside and also it is also it is more funner when u see it in a video

and when it come out and it is also people said it was ugly and that is a fun fact ..

Sofia Martinez - Yanıt

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