Apple’s new AirPods look and feel like the future. However, if you’re planning on buying some AirPods then please do everything in your power to hold onto them. Because if you lose one, Apple will charge you $69 for a replacement. And that’s just for starters.
When Apple announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the company plucked up the “courage” to ditch the headphone jack. This means that anyone buying the latest iPhone either needs to go wireless, or buy a dongle to continue using their existing headphones.
Fortunately, alongside the problem it had just created, Apple announced the solution in the form of its new AirPods. These are a wireless version of the company’s popular EarPods, and they allow you to listen to media, make phone calls, and access Siri, all via Bluetooth.
After a delay lasting several months, Apple finally made the AirPods available to buy in early December. And now, given that they’re flying off virtual shelves, Apple has added the AirPods to its iPhone Service Pricing page…
AirPods Aren’t Cheap to Repair or Replace
The bad news is that those AirPods could end up costing you a pretty packet beyond the $159 you originally paid for them. Because the only thing Apple will do for free is repair or replace any component that’s found to be defective within the first year. The rest will cost you cold, hard cash.
If you lose one of your AirPods, Apple will charge you $69 for a replacement. And the same goes for the charging case. If you damage one of your AirPods or the charging case Apple will also charge you $69 to replace or repair. And if battery capacity starts to drop Apple will charge you $49 to service your AirPods.
Given the price Apple is charging to repair or replace your AirPods if something happens that isn’t directly the company’s fault, our best advice is to take exceptionally good care of these things. If you don’t you will end up paying through the nose for your clumsiness.
It’s almost as if this courageous decision to ditch the headphone jack is a license for Apple to print money. But that can’t be true, can it?!
Have you bought a pair of AirPods yet? If so, how are you finding them? If not, are you planning to buy some AirPods in the near future? Are you surprised at the prices Apple is charging to repair or replace them? Please let us know in the comments below!