AirPods Aren’t Made to Be Repaired
Here’s one of the worst factors. The AirPods’ design just isn’t made for repairs. Tear-down tests have revealed that everything in the AirPods is tightly packed and glued together. You can’t dismantle them or gain access to any specific AirPod component without literally ripping them apart.
There are two concerns here. First, this obviously isn’t good for environmental waste reduction, if you have to throw away AirPods every time something goes wrong. Second, buying AirPods starts to feel dispoasble, where you’re locked into replacing them over and over – not really an ideal situation.