As much as I looked forward to new AirPods I have decided to skip the upgrade. Why? What’s not to like? AirPods look cool and sound great. The new versions promise to be even better than the original at the same price. Who am I to argue against one of Apple’s most successful accessories?
What bothers me most about the original AirPods is exactly what will keep me away from their successor.
No, not usable battery life. Rather, how long AirPods batteries last. Think life cycle.
Now with more talk time, voice-activated Siri access — and a new wireless charging case — AirPods deliver an unparalleled wireless headphone experience.
Apple stuffs so much technology into AirPods that battery life cycle does not match a Mac, iPhone, or iPad. The new models cannot improve on what is already a negative. AirPods 2 have optical sensors and motion accelerometers to handle microphones and phone calls and Siri.
What’s not to like about that?
My original AirPods are not quite two years old. Instead of playing music for four hours at a time, the best I can get is about an hour on a complete recharge. I’m not alone. Alana Semuels:
Your AirPods Will Die Soon
Mine are not dead. Yet. But they’re dead to me. But only because the battery does not last very long after less than two years of usage.
I have an aging iPad Air 2 which still chugs along for about eight hours a day. AirPods accolades have given way to complaints.
The battery can no longer hold a charge, they say, rendering them functionally useless
Almost. One hour of battery life after less than two years of usa is not enough to recommend the expense of another pair of Airpods.
Apple bloggers agree. Zac Hall:
Air Pods are starting to show their age for early adopters
My criticism of a device where the battery cannot be replaced is warranted.
Apple Insider tested a pair of AirPods purchased in 2016 against a pair from 2018, and found that the older pair died after two hours and 16 minutes
Those itty bitty little batteries just won’t work well for what I consider a decent life cycle of at least three to hour years. Yet, lithium ion batteries are everywhere and Apple does not make replacement easy. Sometimes, not at all.
So, no AirPods 2.0 for me until Apple figures out a way to replace the battery or ensure that the battery will last longer and give me my money’s worth.