After having been delayed for months -- for reasons never publicly confirmed, no less -- Apple's AirPods are finally here. And really, what better to way to celebrate one of the most curious delays in Apple history than by tearing those things apart? The folks at iFixit have done just that (as always), and the end result is a fascinating look at $160 worth of meticulously crafted silicon and audio parts. Spoiler alert: there's more glue in them than you'd think. As you might imagine, the tiny scale of Apple's work and all the glue sealing everything in place make the AirPods a nightmare where repairs are concerned.
When Apple announced its AirPods in September, the company said the wireless earbuds would launch in October. Now that it's November, it turns out the AirPods have been not just delayed, but possibly delayed until 2017. Apple told TechCrunch last week that it needs "a little more time" before the AirPods are ready to be released, not even saying the reasons behind the delay. "The early response to AirPods has been incredible. We don't believe in shipping a product before it's ready, and we need a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers," an Apple spokesperson said to TechCrunch.
Apple's 159 AirPods, the company's new wireless earbuds, were announced last week along with the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. The most common complaint about the new accessory is that it's so easy to lose, that's why Spigen has announced a new accessory that undoubtedly will be a must-have. Spigen calls its new accessory as the AirPods Strap. The new accessory is simply a rubber strap that allows users to attach each of the AirPods on either side. When people are using the AirPods, the strap will simply rest on the back of the user's neck.
We're starting to get a good picture of what Apple's second-generation AirPods might look like. A new rumor suggests the tentatively named AirPods 2 might come with a wireless charging case -- Apple promised the case along with AirPower way back at the iPhone X launch, but neither has shipped -- that might be able to quickly charge from 0 to 100 percent in about 15 minutes. SEE ALSO: 5G will be crazy fast, but it'll be worthless without unlimited data The rumor comes from leaker Max Weinbach (via 9to5Mac) who made an appearance on a recent EverythingApplePro video to talk about new AirPods features. Weinbach says "wireless charging will happen" and the 0 to 100 percent wireless charging speed is for both the AirPods and the case. The AirPods 2 wireless charging case will reportedly use Qi-based wireless charging just like the iPhone 8, X, XS, XS Max, and XR.
Apple is reportedly about to give you a new way to wirelessly charge your iPhone: by using your AirPods case. The plan, if it comes to fruition, will let you top up your phone (as long as it's an iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X) using the case for your earbuds while you're on the go. Apple could make the feature available by the end of the year, but that's likely dependent on the company releasing the long-awaited wireless charging version of the cases by then. This is according to a report from Nikkei, which is fairly reliable when it comes to such matters, but we'll still believe this when we see it. It might not be too difficult for Apple to add this as a feature with the upcoming AirPods cases that can charge wirelessly.