Mike Rundle, on Twitter:
The killer feature of the AirPods Pro is the interchangeable
silicone tips that click into place and don’t have to be mashed
and misshapen to reattach like every other stupid pair of earbuds
on the market.
On the other side, Juan Carlos Bagnell:
iFixit confirming my fears. AirPod Pros are un-repairable. Apple
will only replace buds for “service”. Worse, they use a
proprietary ear tip design, so you can’t swap to aftermarket tips
(NO FOAM FOR YOU) until the grey market rips off the design.
Quinn Nelson, responding to Bagnell:
Replacement tips are $4 for a six pack. This design is vastly
superior to the universal barrel design which for people with
small ear canals (like me) hurts a ton. This is not something to
criticize, imo. It’s okay to deviate from the norm if you can
improve on it.
That really is the crux of it. Better necessarily implies different. Complaining that the AirPods Pro tips are custom-designed by Apple is like complaining back in 2015 that Apple Watch used custom strap connectors. It’s a better connector and there will be dozens of third-party options soon — by the end of this month, I bet.
★ Friday, 1 November 2019