What happens when a new Apple product launches? That's right, iFixit rushes to get his hands on it to take everything apart and show us the technological guts created in the Cupertino basements. And that's what happened with the new (second generation) AirPods.
This work of iFixit stands out precisely in these cases as the AirPods, when the new product has a look almost identical to the previous but comes with internal news. Without further ado, let's get to the news!
Here's an X-ray of the AirPods, where you can see the tip of the coil responsible for wireless charging there. As we speak, visually almost nothing has changed; The case, however, was 2.3 grams heavier due to wireless charging.
Perhaps, as a way of differentiating the cases, the metal case of the wireless rechargeable case has a more brushed look; In addition, the pairing knob has been shifted higher (probably due to the new internal arrangement of the case components).
It's amazing, and that's not just Apple, but any manufacturer that makes wireless headsets this size as engineers can put so many components into something so small. For reference only, AirPods are identified by models A2031 (left AirPod) and A2032 (right).
Inside the case we can see the product model itself (A1938) and the indication of the case's battery capacity of 398mAh.
When opening one of the AirPods, we see flexible cables, antennas, microphones, the H1 chip, and everything more carefully fitted as a puzzle and glued.
As much as the case has wireless recharging capabilities (which increases the number of internal components), the battery used by Apple is exactly the same as found in the first-generation case A1596; 3.81V, 398mAh and 1.52Wh (higher than that found on the Samsung Galaxy Buds, 1.03Wh, and that used on the 42mm Apple Watch Series 4, 1.13Wh).
They noted that the logic plate, however, is a bit more "sticky," as if it were a coating likely to aid water resistance; the loading port remains modular; the sync button now has two additional solder points for the ends of the wireless charging coil; Speaking of which, the new coil is next to a thermal mat to keep the temperature under control.
Overall, iFixit commented that the case is slightly modified and has become more durable (especially on unexpected dives), which is different from repairable (something that is basically impossible on this product). The product is still disposable and, therefore, earned a score of 0 in terms of ?reparability? comparatively, the Galaxy Buds achieved an amazing new 6/10.
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