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?
Nothing Lasts Forever
Yes, I understand that nothing last forever, and that includes the Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, HomePod, Watch, and accessories to match. 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 battery 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, iPad, or even Watch. 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 all those extras at the same price?
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 just under 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 because the battery does not last very long– to the point of being almost unusable– after less than two years of usage.
I have an aging iPad Air 2 which still chugs along for about eight hours a day. Original AirPods accolades have given way to complaints. Complaints about battery life.
The battery can no longer hold a charge, they say, rendering them functionally useless
Almost. Less than an hour of battery life after less than two years of use is not enough to recommend the expense of another pair of Airpods, even if they have more features. I can’t afford to buy new AirPods every couple of years.
Apple bloggers agree. Zac Hall:
Air Pods are starting to show their age for early adopters
OK, I get it. Nothing lasts forever. How difficult would it be for Apple to have a removable battery that can be replaced in Mac, iPhone, iPad, Watch, or AirPods? Technically, it may not be that difficult. Financially, Apple gains more when we discard what we bought a couple of years ago and buy a new product with more features.